Telltale Games and Mojang have today announced that they are to create a new episodic game series based on one of the most popular video games of all-time, Minecraft.
In a blog post, Telltale confirmed that the massive sandbox game will be receiving their trademark interactive storytelling treatment, with the debut episode set to launch in 2015.
The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead developers revealed that Minecraft: Story Mode will combine new characters with familiar themes, “in an entirely new Minecraft experience”.
A separate Mojang post confirmed: “Mojang is collaborating with Telltale and members of the community to make Minecraft: Story Mode as Minecrafty as possible… 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.”
In a later press release, Kevin Bruner, president and co-founder of Telltale Games, said: “Minecraft is a world of infinite possibility and imagination. Working with the Mojang team on our own unique, story-driven interpretation of their fascinating universe is a tremendous honor. We simply cannot wait for fans across the world to take off with us on this new adventure.”
Owen Hill, chief word officer at Mojang, added: “People really like the idea of stories about Minecraft, but forcing a narrative into our core game experience would restrict players’ freedom to view the world in their own unique ways. Instead, letting them explore an alternate interpretation via Minecraft: Story Mode, driven by the proven might of Telltale, seems like a no-brainer.”
It’s been a busy last few months for Telltale, which saw the premiere of both their Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands series. Minecraft: Story Mode will join their impressive line-up when it arrives on consoles, PCs and mobile devices in the new year.