You know, Minecraft Earth was announced and revealed few days ago. Many contacted me comparing the coming new giant AR title with Wrldcraft (that is going to be released on June 14 fyr) and asking me in what the two titles differs and in what my is better. Well, I can only base my opinion on what I’ve seen on MCE commercial (that isn’t, you know, real game footage), on what Microsoft Studios declared and on what the giournalists that have seen a beta are saying about the game. This is a seven point list I’m quite confident are actual techical and conceptual differences.
The first: in Wrldcraft when you build in a place that place (called plot of land) is yours and under your control. Every plot is 20×20 blocks wide (10×10 meters). You can take ownership of nearby plots to make bigger constructions seamlessy. Your friends can take nearby plots and extend what you built.
The second: each block you put in Wrldcraft not only is persistent forever and visitable by others, but occupies a precise and immutable place in the world, with a fixed size of half meter. You could cover the entire world joining your construction with all the other nearby doing real giant collaborative buildings, starting from very distant points in the real world. From what I see MCE isn’t conceived in this way.
The Third: I know you’re thinking this. No Minecraft IPs, no Steve and Enders here. Move along.
The Fourth: you can dig the terrain to find relics or just build your own pool or explorate caves.The Fifth: Wrldcraft is downloadable and playable right now as open beta and it’s going to be released, Minecraft Earth not (still).
The Sixth: you can start building in the real world and continue on a desk or on your floor, other people can contribute in realtime in-place or from theyr desk as well, fully collaborative AR.
The last: Minecraft Earth has a multibillion giant behind, Wrldcraft , well, has just me 😀
Well, there are much more differences but you must discover them by yourself if you want to.
From today on, until the 14 June (edit: some issue with the stores will delay the oficial release, sorry) all the beta releases will be focused on fixing the features and make the better user experience I can.
I want to give you a seamless experience expecially on the (geo)local multiplayer that could be tricky to use without the right UX.
If you’re a beta user keep your build updated using the PlayStore or the TestFlight.
From the build 0.920 WRLDCRAFT supports bows, arrows and target. This is a nice addition to the game and will let the player familiarize with archery. This release supports single player (the target block will be spawned into the real world and is persistent for other users as usul) but you can’t see othe player throwing arrows. Don’t worry, soon this will be extended to multiplayer and you will be enabled to challenge your friends.
BTW, in the meantime improve your skills and have fun with archery!
WRLDCRAFT has a story, a long story.
Everything starts in the Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) age, God bless you XBLIG, platform and market where in 2012 I made a quite successful Minecraft Like sanbox game called Miner4Ever. XBLIG market does not exist anymore but loved that game and I learned a lot about voxel engines, shading techniques and multiplayer.
It was not enough, I wanted to port it in the real world and IRL. After some attempts with marker based AR (I lost the videos of that) the true plot twist was in 2017 when I put my hands on a mobile device with Google Tango in, that is a precursor of current ARKit and ARCore and this is what I did in early 2017 (a tech show-off video, not a real game).
So digging and building in real world with persistence using Augmented Reality was totally doable. Unfortunately there were not many Tango enabled phones around, so I put the project in standby waiting for a diffuse technology letting me do a real game with all the features I dreamt.
Today ARKit and ARCore are mature enough to do what I have in mind. Persitence, cross platform, world anchored buildings, cooperative building, multiplayer experience and much more.
Two months ago I leaved my daily job as Technical Leader, resumed my old dream, worked hard, and this is how WRLDCRAFT project is born!
It is raining a lot here in Turin, we can’t go out building stuffs around the city so we focused on the remote editor development.
The remote editor lets you edit from home the building you started in a place you own or lets you help your friends in building something great and lets you see what your friends are building on your piece of world while you’re at home. It’s a perfect tool to work to your creations alone or with friends if you can’t go out.