What happens when sandbox world-building collides with a storytelling focus? We're about to find out, as Telltale Games and Mojango are joining forces for a new episodic games series called Minecraft: Story Mode.
Telltale needs no introduction around these parts, but the creator of such interactive narrative-driven sensations as The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us has now set its sights on an a decidedly unliterary universe. Minecraft, officially released in November 2011, is a game essentially about "breaking and placing blocks" marked by "consistent physics, a bundle of mobs, and a distinctive look, but no real story to speak of." Doesn't sound much like Telltale material on the surface, but if The LEGO Movie has taught us anything, it's that blocks can make for great stories in the right hands. And as Telltale President Kevin Bruner claims, "Minecraft is a world of infinite possibility and imagination."
Minecraft: Story Mode will be a collaborative effort between Telltale, Mojang (series creator) and members of the Minecraft community. The new series promises to be "similar in tone to Minecraft itself" and "introduce new characters and familiar themes, but will be an entirely original Minecraft experience inspired by the game." And for the many Minecraft fans who might be worried about having the world tied to a specific story, fear not, as the developers claim this is just "one way to delve deeper without laying down official lore."
To learn more about Minecraft: Story Mode, click the image below to play "Info Quest II", a playful interactive introduction to the new series (and a bit about Minecraft 2).
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Minecraft: Story Mode will be developed for PC and Mac, Xbox and PlayStation consoles, and iOS and Android devices. There is currently no firm release date scheduled, but the game will come out some time in 2015.