Minecraft: Story Mode’s fourth episode, “A Block and a Hard Place,” is planned for release on December 22, with the “Mysterious” fifth episode slated for early 2016.
All things considered, Telltale Games is really firing on all cylinders with the production of Minecraft: Story Mode. Not only has an episode been released at a rate of more than one per month, but each episode has also released across all supported platforms on the exact same date.
Minecraft: Story Mode is what happens when Telltale gets its ducks in a line, and episode 4, titled “A Block and a Hard Place,” maintains this. The episode is now announced for a December 22 launch across PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and mobile platforms.
Note that from here on there will potentially be spoilers regarding the first three episodes of Minecraft: Story: Mode, as well as some light ones for Episode 4 as well.
The perils of the Wither Storm have grown ever more apparent in the three episode so far released in Minecraft: Story Mode. Episode 4 is no different, as the danger reaches its apex. Jesse, Reuben and friends, however, may have figured out just what it will take to save the day. Their journey takes them into the Farlands, where the adventure is risked as much by turmoil within the group as without. One way or another, “A Block and a Hard Place,” will bring an end to the first chapter of Minecraft: Story Mode.
Say what? The first chapter of Minecraft: Story Mode will be coming to an end? There’s still a fifth chapter left that nothing is known about! Telltale is staying mum on the exact nature of Episode 5, but Episode 4 is said to reveal its nature. The “mysterious” fifth episode is tentatively planned for release in early 2016. An ambiguous launch date to go with an ambiguous story chapter. Telltale’s certainly capable of a quick turnaround, so if Episode 4 has a cliffhanger fans will certainly expect a January release instead of an “early 2016” launch.
Minecraft: Story Mode may not be as critically acclaimed as its Telltale predecessors such as The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us or even Tales from the Borderlands. That doesn’t mean that the game isn’t entirely delivering on exactly what fans want and expect from it. Minecraft: Story Mode delivers a modest adventure that’s friendly and exciting, with a ton of references to the main Minecraft game and its community.
Many Telltale faithful are probably counting the days until the jump back to another of their series. But here we are at the end of 2015 and Minecraft: Story Mode is the only series at Telltale currently having episodes released. 2016’s schedule currently includes a short series for The Walking Dead: Michonne and a recently announced Batman series. Odds are that means at least one more series is likely to be announced and begun next year, perhaps two considering the shortness of The Walking Dead: Michonne.
That’s not to say that Minecraft: Story Mode isn’t worth being excited about. It’s only that Telltale has proven that they have the potential to create a game of the year candidate with every title they put out. As said before, Minecraft: Story Mode sets out and delivers on exactly what intended to, but to say it’s a particularly aspiring game isn’t necessarily true.
Minecraft: Story Mode‘s first three episodes are currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, iOS and Android. Episode 4, “A Block and a Hard Place,” will be available as well starting December 22.