If you go to the XBox 360 marketplace this week and look up the serialized video game Minecraft Story Mode, you might get a little sticker shock. Okay, more of a lighting bolt frying your brain — $99.99 is the tag.
Warner Bros. has made a mint off The Lego Movie and its subsequent spinoffs. Now they’re looking for the next hit, and the stereotypical execu-think is to find the most similar thing possible. What’s popular and closest to Legos, mechanically speaking? Minecraft!
This week Nintendo revealed some great-looking 2DS XL models due out this summer. Right now they’re only announced for Japan, but they’ll work in any region.
Telltale Games have become world-renowned experts at taking story-rich properties and mining them for their full potential, whether the property is as obscure as Fables or as permanently zeitgeisty as Batman. Now they’re going back in time (no, not Back to the Future…they already did that one) to the early 80s — the era of creepy creatures, mirror dimensions, children with destructive psychic powers, and shoulder pads. Ah, the memories.
Minecraft is set to receive one of its biggest ever updates next Spring. The Update Aquatic will completely overhaul water environments within the game, making the oceans a much more compelling space to explore.
According to the developers, one of the main changes that is being made is to how enemies, objects, and material is generated. It will also add support for new types of encounters, such as treasure hunts, and introduce new mobs such as dolphins.
The news comes alongside an announcements that the “Super Duper Graphics Update” and cross-play functionality for the Nintendo Switch has been delayed until early 2018. Both push backs are due to Mojang wanting to get the updates working perfectly before they are released to the public.
The Netflix original series Stranger Things has taken the world by storm so it makes sense that it would combine with the gaming world’s phenomenal runaway success. To that end, players can now download some exclusive DLC for Minecraft. The Stranger Things Skin Pack brings skins for practically every character in the show – with a total of 50 items included in the download.
“Hold onto your long blonde wigs, kids,” said Minecraft developer Mojang. “because the whole cast is here! Break into a classified facility with Hopper, kick off some Dungeons and Dragons with Mike or heck, why not go totally telekinetic with Eleven?” There’s even an announcement trailer if you fancy a game of ‘Guess which beloved Stranger Things character is represented by this particular collection of squares’.
There were some major surprises in terms of cross-platform play at E3 2017. Minecraft was revealed to be getting a free “unified edition” that would allow players on PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and all mobile platforms to play together. Then, Rocket League was announced for Nintendo Switch, and would also support Cross-play between Xbox One and PC. What you might have noticed is that PS4 is not listed on either of those titles. Turns out, Sony blocked cross-play between those games.
Fans of MMOs and Minecraft are in look, as a brand new mod called Wynncraft has been released as a free download for the PC version of the game. Built entirely within the hugely successful world building title, the mod is a fully fledged MMO, including questions, NPC characters, bosses, and even guilds.
Since its introduction, Minecraft has been made playable on every machine capable of playing a game….but what about machines of the past? Since it uses deliberately simple graphics, couldn’t you get it running on past consoles as well? Mozilla will never release a version of the game for the Sega Dreamcast, but somebody by the handle “gamebabla” made it happen.
Earlier this year, Microsoft revealed that they would be releasing an update for Minecraft. Called the “Boss Update”, it would add a variety of new content and features to the experience, chief amongst them being the ability to use a new add-on system that operates in a similar way to mod support. It is currently only available on Minecraft Pocket and the Windows 10 versions of the game.
One of the beauties of Minecraft is that you have the ability to craft pretty much anything if you have the right materials and imagination and patience. While many use this to construct fun buildings, or references to their favorite movies or show, some have apparently used this to help market their brand or upcoming item in-game. Some have even created whole mods or servers featuring their branding, then use pics or videos from the mod/server to advertise.