Minecraft: Story Mode

MINECON started this weekend, and for those not familiar with it, it’s not an event for swindlers passionate about digging, it’s the Minecraft Convention. It’s the first one since Microsoft took over, and it’s clear to see they are looking for a swift return on their investment as they have sought out Telltale Games to produce one of their thoroughly enjoyable point and click adventures.

It’ll be a strange thing to see, especially as I wouldn’t imagine Minecraft would lend itself so easily to a rich story driven game, but Telltale are the masters of imaginative writing, so it’s definitely in the most capable of hands. I’ll certainly be looking forward to joining Patton Oswalt as he strikes his way through skeletons, spiders and, of course, creepers. I wouldn’t normally have classed him as a protagonist, but perhaps that’s just because I’m used to him being the more pathetic character from King of Queens.

He's certainly come a long way from ping pong in Doug and Carrie's garage!

He’s certainly come a long way from ping pong in Doug and Carrie’s garage!

They’ve already announced it’s due to take place in a five part episodic adventure, akin to their Walking Dead and Borderlands games, and if they’re anything to go by, we’re in for a treat. The episodic format irks me slightly and makes me think the developers are really milking the franchise for all it’s worth, as they’re basically creating a single game but making you pay for it five times over. Not the most fan-friendly policy, but if all of the 20,000,000 people who have downloaded Minecraft buy the game, both Microsoft and Telltale Games will be laughing all the way to the bank.

Either way, this is a brilliant way to get some attention after the mindblowing events at E3. It certainly looks like we’re in for a good year of gaming!

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