For those who have been in a closet closed from entertainment, or are Amish, you know that Minecraft is the popular world building game that capitalized on creativity, freedom, and exploration. It has invaded millions of screens since its release sometime in April 2009. The modification community itself for this game rivals blockbuster titles like Fallout 3 and CounterStrike. Up to this point it has been an open-ended game that is limited only by the player’s own imagination.
I, personally, have never really been a fan of Minecraft due to the lack of story. I grew up in the late 90’s, so the world of JRPGs is something that I have naturally taken to. You know, Final Fantasy, Zelda, etc. Something recently came up though that may finally give me a reason to give Minecraft a go. Mojang, the developer of Minecraft, has recently announced that they will be teaming up with Telltale Games, the developer of interactive games like The Walking Dead and Back to the Future. Telltale is set to create a story mode for the Minecraft universe.
IGN Entertainment editor, Brian Altano, stated, “Minecraft story mode is doing to Minecraft that what The Lego Movie did to Lego.” I can’t wrap my head around this. The magic of Lego is that if you have two separate sets, you can create your own adventures between the two. The magic of the Lego movie is it that it drew from cameos from characters in the DC and Star Wars universe. Minecraft doesn’t really have an install base to measure up to that. However, that doesn’t mean Mojang isn’t working hard to make this episodic story mode something special.
Comedian Patton Oswald is set to be the voice of the main protagonist, with a supporting cast including voices from The Walking Dead, The Goonies, and The Last of Us. Minecraft story mode has been announced for 2015, but the developers haven’t dropped a date yet. You can most likely expect it in the fall.
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