Mojang has delved deep into Minecraft Legends during the Developer_Direct stream, showcasing plenty more of the gameplay – specifically the PvP gameplay – and revealing that it will be coming out for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC on 18th April. It will be part of Xbox Game Pass on day one.
With all the familiar blocky visuals of the Minecraft setting, Minecraft Legends will be an action strategy game, tasking you with saving the world from the invasive Nether corruption of the piglins. There’s a different perspective and scale to this take on the Minecraft setting, with a player character that’s able to roam the world much more quickly, gathering resources, crafting and leading cute and cuddly allies into battle.
While there will be co-op, this gameplay showcase was mainly about the PvP, with two teams facing off against each other. This taps into Mojang’s development partnership with Blackbird Interactive – a studio also working on Homeworld 3.
Key things to know are that the battle map is procedurally generated, just as in the rest of the game and Minecraft, and that both armies and resources are shared within each team. There’s also Piglins to battle, and not just the other team.
Building will be a core component here, as you construct a defensive base to hold onto. There’s both specific buildings and the ability to quickly construct walls, towers, traps and gates. You can really get creative with the design, whether it’s traditional Medieval designs or something crazier. That can all be torn down by things like the Red Stone Launcher siege engine.
The announcement has come as part of the Xbox and Bethesda Developer_Direct stream, with Microsoft getting the devs of Forza Motorsport, Redfall, Minecraft Legends and The Elder Scrolls Online in to reveal all about their specific games – all due out in the first half of 2023. Starfield is also expected in the first half of 2023, but will be featured in a separate stream.