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Minecraft Earth goes a step beyond Pokémon Go to cover the world in blocks

As he stands in front of me inside a Minecraft -themed conference room on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington, I’m immediately drawn to the stacks of Lego blocks on the table beside him.

We’ve already seen holograms through Microsoft’s HoloLens headset, but the company now wants to bring this technology to a much broader scale with the help of Minecraft Earth .

If Microsoft succeeds, you’ll be able to walk into a mall and point your phone’s camera at a McDonald’s Minecraft adventure while you’re eating a Big Mac or see your own giant structures next to actual buildings.

I tried a variety of adventures during my brief Minecraft Earth gameplay demo, and they range from peaceful and friendly to a little more risky, knowing you enter them and might lose all your treasure if you die to a monster.

Pokémon Go developer Niantic had to settle a lawsuit recently with angry homeowners who had pokéstops placed near their houses, and there are many challenges regarding blending augmented reality with private spaces .

It’s a great partnership.” Microsoft has used the research and technology it built for HoloLens, and it’s now bringing it to iOS and Android devices with the help of ARKit from Apple and ARCore from Google.

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