Minecraft has become a monster within the video game industry. Beloved by millions of fans, the game has had a profound influence on the world of video games, selling over 20 million copies on PC alone. Not only that, but the title has proved inspirational for not only building projects such as 4.5 million block cities, but also to educational bodies, with a special build of the title being given to every Northern Irish primary school.
It seems as though the reach of Minecraft is everlasting, but there is one set of gamers that may feel a little rejected by the Mojang title: Nintendo console owners. Even though Minecraft has hit up a wide array of devices, jumping from its PC origins to home console, and even on to smartphones, the game has yet to make it onto Nintendo hardware. That, however, is about to change, with Wii U owners yet to finally get a taste of the Minecraft franchise
Nintendo fans looking forward to a traditional version of Minecraft may be a little disappointed, however; it’s not the original build ‘em-up that’s making its way onto the Wii U. Instead, gamers will be able to play the narrative-focused spin-off Minecraft: Story Mode, which is being developed by storyteller extraordinaire Telltale Games. The news was revealed by Telltale Games during an interview with The Verge, detailing exactly what the developer expects from the spin-off.
In particular, it seems as though the title is being created as a means to reach players who are currently unfamiliar with the world of Minecraft. The interview notes that “one of the goals is to reach outside of the Minecraft fandom, and introduce new people to the franchise.” Given the huge popularity of the title already, that may be a tall order for the company, who has been tasked with giving a story and voice to a game that is known almost entirely for its level of player freedom and creativity.
As of yet, Minecraft: Story Mode does not have a release date, although the first chapter of the game is set to arrive before the end of the year. Detailing the story of a group of Minecraft players tasked with trying to save the Minecraft universe, the game is set to add a level of plot to the crafting-focused franchise. Although the title is unlikely to be as gruesome as Telltale classics like The Walking Dead, the developer’s director of creative communications Job Stauffer said that the game will still leave players with “absolutely devastating, perilous situations that might mean leaving one friend behind in order to save another.”
It remains to be seen how successful Minecraft: Story Mode will be. Although Telltale Games is often seen as a standout developer when it comes to video game storytelling, the bright and vibrant world of Minecraft may not quite gel with the studio’s trademark tension. Nevertheless, fans of both the developer and of Minecraft as a franchise will be sure to keep a close eye on how the game develops.
Minecraft: Story Mode is set to launch later this year for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and Wii U.
Source: The Verge