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Microsoft teases Minecraft take on Pokemon Go

Microsoft is taking its world-building game into augmented reality.

Minecraft AR Game

Minecraft AR Game

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Microsoft had plenty of software reveals at Build 2019 on Monday, and hinted at gaming news. During the event, Microsoft released a teaser video of a new augmented reality (AR) Minecraft mobile game similar to Pokemon Go and Harry Potter Wizards Unite. There was no official name for the game, but there was a date of May 17 for the reveal. 

May 17 is an important date for Minecraft. Developer Mojang and Microsoft will hold a press event in Stockholm on the day to celebrate the game's 10-year anniversary.

AR games reached new heights when Pokemon Go was released in 2016 and became the fastest iTunes app to reach $1 billion at the time. It spawned several similar games including Ghostbusters World, Jurassic Park World Alive and the soon-to-be-released Harry Potter Wizards Unite

Microsoft didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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Originally published on May 6, 10:42 a.m. PT.
Update, 12:45 a.m. PT: Adds background info on event and AR games.