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BBC Earth and Minecraft team up again for Planet Earth III

Minecraft is one of the most popular video games in the world, but it’s also a great educational tool, and following the great success seen with the previous team up between BBC Earth and Minecraft, they’re doing it again.

This time, Planet Earth III Minecraft World will feature “immersive landscapes, animals and game-based learning resources”, all inspired directly from some of the stories across nature featured in BBC Studios’ Natural History unit.

Releasing on January 16th (that’s today folks!), players will be able to choose their biome, study it’s wildlife and set off on structured and educational activities. There are rewards to unlock as players experience how animals survive and thrive in their natural habitats.

The full press release is below:

BBC Earth immerses players in the wonders of the natural world with Minecraft Education

Following the record-breaking success of the Frozen Planet II Minecraft Worlds, which achieved the most downloads in a single day for an educational game in Minecraft history, with millions of players across 116 countries, BBC Earth and Minecraft Education are teaming up once again.  This collaboration is set to engage fans globally with the launch of the Planet Earth III Minecraft World.

The Planet Earth III Minecraft World features immersive landscapes, animals and game-based learning resources, inspired by stories in the latest landmark series from BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, and will be available from 16th January.

Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time and is especially popular with younger players. Minecraft Education provides educational content for schools globally where students can learn about a wide variety of subjects via creative gameplay. The team at Mojang Studios believes it has a responsibility to use Minecraft to build a better world and inspire generations of game changers, especially around themes of global citizenship and sustainability.  

Players can step into extraordinary realms of the natural world to experience the struggles and triumphs of survival while playing as a series of incredible creatures, including the great white shark, the Arctic wolf, a leopardess, and more. Exploring the way these animals’ lives are intertwined by playing as both predator and prey, parent and offspring, friend and ally, they will discover the precarious balance of survival.

The adventure begins at the BBC Planet Earth III Field Station. Here, players select their desired biome, study its wildlife, and embark on tailored activities. By assuming the roles of different animals, students learn about various survival strategies. Each challenge unlocks rewards, deepening the educational experience. By alternating perspectives between various animals, students cultivate empathy and gain a deeper understanding of the ecosystem’s balance.

The Planet Earth III Minecraft World is available in 29 languages for both Minecraft Education and Bedrock in the Minecraft Marketplace – a unique opportunity to watch, play, and learn together, taking biology and our understanding of biodiversity far beyond the classroom or living room.

Matt Brandon, Planet Earth III series producer from BBC Studios Natural History Unit says: “We are delighted to partner with Minecraft Education and that children globally will have the opportunity to interact with stories inspired by the Planet Earth III series through immersive gameplay while learning more about our fragile natural world and the creatures we share this planet with.”

Justin Edwards, Minecraft Education’s Director of Learning Experiences says: “Minecraft Education is delighted to extend our partnership with BBC Earth, building on our work in Frozen Planet II. The new experience of the natural world in Planet Earth III brings us closer to the animals and their surrounding environment. In this world, you will learn about animals from different continents, across sea, sky, and land, and how they survive and thrive.”

Planet Earth III Minecraft World will be available on 16th January globally.

Planet Earth III is available to watch now on UK BBC iPlayer. In the United States, the series will re-air on BBC AMERICA starting February 17, and the full season is available to stream on AMC+.

Jon "Sikamikanico" Clarke

Stuck on this god-forsaken island. Father of two, wishes he could play more games but real life always gets in the way. Prefers shorter and often smarter experiences, but Halo is King.

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