Xbox and Minecraft partner with BBC Earth to create Frozen Planet II worlds

To celebrate the acclaimed nature show Frozen Planet II, Minecraft Education has partnered with BBC Earth to bring the icy splendor of the iconic show to Minecraft: Education Edition.

Across five all-new free-to-play worlds, Minecraft players will be able to meet and learn about animals and landscapes featured in BBC Studios’ iconic Natural History Unit series.

As the best-selling game of all time, Minecraft reaches millions of players around the world, and its educational edition, available in 29 languages, helps students learn about a variety of subjects through the magic of creative play. . With Frozen Planet II content, teachers can access lesson plans designed to inform and inspire students about our frozen worlds, allowing them to explore the effects of climate change as part of their curriculum.

polar bear walking on snow
Image credit: ©BBC Studios, from TV show Frozen Planet II

The first of five free worlds in Frozen Planet II is available to download from 21St. September 2022, via the Minecraft Marketplace for all Minecraft: Bedrock Edition players and all Minecraft: Education Edition users. The worlds will allow players to experience life through the unique perspectives of animals such as a chinstrap penguin, a Lapland bumblebee, and a polar bear, and what it’s like to work as a natural history film researcher, documenting animal behavior and research. environmental.

“One of the best things about the natural world is its power to engage and captivate viewers young and old,” said Elizabeth White, producer of the Frozen Planet II series. “We are delighted to partner with Minecraft on this range of educational computer games that will allow children to engage with stories inspired by the series through play and learn more about the challenges of these habitats through additional lesson content.”

Snow-covered mountain in Minecraft

“We are excited to partner with BBC Studios on this unique venture – we are bringing a whole new perspective to Minecraft and, collaborating with the great minds behind Frozen Planet II, a truly authentic experience of some of the most exciting and important areas. of our world,” adds Allison Matthews, Director of Minecraft Education.

“It has never been more crucial to educate players around the world on the effects of climate change and inspire a new generation of young people around sustainability. We believe it is our responsibility to do so, and this partnership is the next big step in that direction.”

The first of five free worlds in Frozen Planet II is available to download from 21St. September 2022. Frozen Planet II is now being shown on BBC One and is available to stream via BBC iPlayer.

Tags: bbc, minecraft, natural history, xbox

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