Okay Telltale, this is starting to get ridiculous. I’m a big fan of storytelling in games. I think the medium is an amazing narrative tool, so it only makes sense that I think the folks over at Telltale Games are some of the best developers out there. The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us were both phenomenal. Hell, I even liked what I played of the critically-panned Jurassic Park game. And I can’t wait to give Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands a whirl. Now, Telltale Games have announced the next property that they’re giving their patented narrative treatment – Minecraft.

Wait, what?

In a press release that comes from both San Rafael, California and Stockholm, Sweden, Telltale Games announces Minecraft: Story Mode, made in collaboration with not only Mojang but also “members of the Minecraft community.” The game will be an original experience set in a familiar world.

According to Owen Hill, Chief Word Officer at Mojang, parterning with Telltale Games gives them an opportunity to finally tell a story within Minecraft, without actually shoehorning it into the core game, which might threaten the absolute freedom that the mechanic revolves around.

I understand what Hill is saying, but I can’t say I agree. I’m looking forward to whatever the two developers cook up, as I’m a big fan of both, but I don’t agree that adding a story to Minecraft would hurt the product in anyway. An optional questing system would breathe new life into Minecraft, and while the game definitely isn’t suffering in terms of popularity, I know there are folks like myself who got incredibly burnt out on what is essentially a LEGO simulator. I like the tools that Minecraft offers, but I want to use them to overcome challenges, not just fool around in an eternal sandbox. But, I digress. Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series is in development for a 2015 release. Check out the full press release below.

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif., and STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 18th, 2014 — Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, and world-renowned game developer Mojang, today announced that ‘Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series’ is in development and is set to premiere in 2015.

Minecraft: Story Mode will be an all-new narrative-driven, episodic game series, developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang and members of the Minecraft community. Set in the world of Minecraft, the game series will introduce new characters and familiar themes, but will be an entirely original Minecraft experience inspired by the game that continues to inspire a generation.

“Partnering with Mojang is a dream come true for us as game makers and as storytellers,” said Kevin Bruner, President and Co-Founder of Telltale Games. “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.”

Minecraft: Story Mode will be a standalone product, separate from the core Minecraft game, and will be available to download in 2015 on Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices.

“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,” said Owen Hill, Chief Word Officer at Mojang. “We’re big fans of Telltale Games at Mojang, and we can’t wait to reveal more details on Story Mode soon.”

Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series is currently in development, and is not yet rated by the ESRB. The series will be published digitally in 2015 by Telltale Games in partnership with Mojang.

For more information on Telltale Games, visit the official website, Facebook, and follow @TelltaleGames on Twitter.

For more information on Mojang, visit the official website, follow @Mojang and @Minecraft on Twitter, and like Minecraft on Facebook.


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