A "Minecraft Go" Might Be in the Cards

A "Minecraft Go" Might Be in the Cards

"You caught CREEPER! Now let it go. Fast."

Is there room in your heart for another mobile AR game? If not, you'd better make some room. A video released yesterday by Microsoft suggests a Minecraft AR game might exist on your smartphone alongside Pokémon Go sooner than later.

The video, titled "What's Minecraft Up To?" tells a tale of two tech workers who accidentally grab each other's phones. The saga focuses on the lady techie as she toys around with a mysterious app that lets her "see" voxel pigs, Villagers, and other Minecraft mainstays in the real world. Before long, the gentleman techie realizes he wrongfully possesses a plebe phone instead of his Super Secret Minecraft phone. He returns to the scene of the swap and exchanges devices.

(Not shown: The lady techie getting dragged away by the Clippy Secret Police for fiddling with technology not meant for her eyes.)

What's it all mean? We're supposed to visit the official Minecraft site on May 17 to find out more information, but a "Minecraft Go" seems like the likeliest explanation. Pokémon Go is still a big deal, and the arrival of the warmer weather in North America (not to mention Detective Pikachu hype) means a surge in active players is imminent. Minecraft might be the only property that can rival Pokemon for long-lasting kid appeal, so it makes sense Microsoft wants to shoulder in on Niantic's success.

If Minecraft Go doesn't sound like your blocky cup of tea, the vanilla experience is alive and well. Check out our list of Minecraft mods if you want to add a little zing to your dig.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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