While Microsoft spent most of the day focusing on enterprise solutions, including a way to protect elections from malware, it ended the Build 2019 keynote with a surprise announcement for a new Minecraft experience. of augmented reality (AR) coming to smartphones.
The still unnamed app was showcased through a trailer displayed at the end of the speech, alongside a date – May 17 – which Microsoft says will be when it reveals more information.
While the teaser is more of a proof of concept than a real product demo, it does give us a little idea of ââwhat’s to come: an AR-based Minecraft game that looks, in some ways, like PokÃ©mon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
The trailer featured at the end of the speech showed someone accidentally switching phones with Minecraft Creative Director Saxs Persson before noticing an AR version of the game’s iconic pink pig and two of the game’s rocking villager characters. head in disapproval.
Along the lower part of the screen we can see the object bar which has been a part of the game’s UI from the very beginning, which could indicate a construction aspect. However, we will have to wait for the official announcement of the game in a few weeks to confirm our suspicions.
Congratulations on 10 years, Minecraft
Granted, the timing of the game’s unveiling on May 17 couldn’t be more flawless – it’s been exactly 10 years to date since the game first launched.
The 10th anniversary is a good time to show what’s to come for one of the world’s most popular video games, especially since it looks like the previous AR demo – the one featured alongside Microsoft HoloLens – didn’t was only a product demonstration.
That said, given that everyone owns a smartphone and very few of us own a HoloLens, this is probably the best direction for the game.