A couple of years ago, the augmented reality game Pokemon Go took over Grand Rapids, and the world. Steve and I would sit in the producer booth and look at dozens of people staring at their phones walking seemingly aimlessly around GR. Then we tried it, and realized it was fun to play!

Microsoft, who owns Minecraft wants to get in on the action, and they are planning on releasing their own augmented reality game. They plan to release Minecraft Earth as a closed beta this summer. They will then slowly roll the game out globally.

Minecraft Earth will allow players to build things and place them in real life. This will also allow players to walk around the real world and see what others have created. Even better, the game will be free to play! The program will be in development with a closed group of people this summer, so I'm sure we will see more updates in the coming months.