Minecraft creators want to make the planet Earth on a 1:1 scale. This includes every human-built structure and landmark that still stands.
Minecraft players are always building something crazy. From a 1:1 recreation of King’s Landing from Game of Thrones to a literal computer with in-game RAM, the scope of these projects is ever-growing.
Now, creators want to make the entire planet Earth on a 1:1 scale. This includes every human-built structure and landmark that still stands. Yes, it’s as ridiculous as it sounds.
YouTuber PippenFTS is leading the project he calls Build The Earth. He published the video on March 21st, and it has gotten close to 6 million views. Clearly, people want to visit a Minecraft version of their home towns and cities.
To build this, Pippen will install mods to increase Minecraft’s build height or pull information from Google Maps to recreate in-game.
However, the planet won’t be round due to Minecraft’s terrain generation systems. Instead, it will be a flat recreation of Earth. Technology isn’t that advanced yet. “Nature may perhaps always be a greater artist than any of us,” Pippen says on the matter.
To remedy this, the creator cut the planet’s edges to provide an endpoint.
Fans don’t seem to mind. The project’s Patreon already earns $357 per month to cover server costs, and its Discord hosts 43,413 members.
Build the Earth is already well on its way. Pippen shows off Antarctica, Mount Everest, the Grand Canyon, and more in the video.
Once released, players can type in coordinates to teleport around. Plots of land are mostly empty right now, partly due to errors in the mod’s world generation. This is where builders come in.
The mod converts Egypt’s pyramids into mounds of clay, for example. Pippen wants to remove them, and have players recreate the pyramids in their own right. Greenland is missing ice, and some mountain tops don’t even have snow.
Pippen will start with his home city of Seattle. From there, others will create their own cities, and he’ll patch them all together with a map editor. “The world to end all worlds,” he calls it.
I wish them all the luck in the world.