Telltale Games has announced it is working with Mojang to bring its particular blend of narrative decision-driven gameplay to the world of Minecraft.
Minecraft: Story Mode will be a standalone episodic game series set in the blocky Minecraft world and will feature new characters and scenarios inspired by the Minecraft community.
Mojang confirms that it is not the intention to tell the official story of Steve, the default character model for Minecraft, nor is it intending to explain and give origins for the Minecraft world in general. Instead, they are simply attempting to make ‘a cool game’.
Minecraft: Story Mode is due for release in 2015 on Xbox and Playstation consoles, PC, Mac and mobile devices.
Whilst Minecraft has struck many as an odd choice for this treatment of game, similar reactions were expressed around Tales from Borderlands, a Telltale title based on Gearbox's co-op RPG shooter which launched early in December. Tales from Borderlands’ first episode has so far met with a strong critical reception.
As well as Tales from Borderlands, Telltale also launched the first episode of its Game of Thrones title earlier this month. This takes places concurrently with the TV series, picking up shortly after the end of series three and focusing on House Forrester, one of the less established parts of the series from the books.
Over 2014, Telltale has also launched episodes for The Wolf Among Us, based on graphic novel series Fables, and The Walking Dead: Season Two.