No one expected Microsoft to buy Mojang, the developers of Minecraft. But when they did, no one really knew what to expect next: if the game was already on all other platforms, what would they be getting from it, aside from merchandise?
Well, it seems as though they’re on the way to expanding the Minecraft world, as Telltale have announced that Minecraft: Story Mode will release as an episodic series next year. Yep, just like The Walking Dead and Borderlands, Minecraft is getting the Telltale treatment. Here are some details from Mojang:
+ Minecraft: Story mode will be a narrative-driven video game created by Telltale Games. It will be about Minecraft.
+ Mojang is collaborating with Telltale and members of the community to make Minecraft: Story Mode as Minecrafty as possible.
+ The first episode will be released some time in 2015, and will be available on Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices.
+ Minecraft: Story Mode will be released episodically, just like The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, or the recent Tales from the Borderlands, which is another developer-collaboration series between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software.
+ We’re not intending on creating an “official” story for Steve, or explaining the world of Minecraft in detail. It will be a cool game.
After Tales from the Borderlands’ excellent debut, I’m quite excited to see where Telltale can take other game series. Here’s what they have to say on the matter:
Minecraft: Story Mode will be an all-new narrative-driven game series developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang. Set in the world of Minecraft, the series will feature an original story, driven by player choice. It will not be an add-on for Minecraft, but rather a separate stand-alone product that will premiere in 2015 on consoles, computers and mobile devices.
Telltale’s game series will mix new characters with familiar themes, in an entirely original Minecraft experience, inspired by the Minecraft community and the game that continues to inspire a generation.
Whether the game will appear on Sony’s platforms or not is still up in the air – the title will release in 2015 but other details are quite scarce at the moment, though it will be coming to “consoles, computers and mobile devices.”
UPDATE: Stealthstu pointed out that it will be coming to Sony consoles, and this is detailed above.