Mojang is set to give us a brand new Minecraft adventure to play through inspired by classic dungeon crawlers. Play it alone or with up to three of your friends, but we’ll be kept waiting until next year to get our hands on it.
The appeal of Minecraft continues with no sign of slowing down, but Microsoft doesn’t want to take any chances with a property that cost it billions. So what better way to expand the appeal of Minecraft than by creating a brand new game carrying its name!
On Saturday, Microsoft announced that a small team at developer Mojang had been working on a so-called “passion project” because they had a shared interest in dungeon crawler games. That passion project turned into a real project with the end result being a new game set in the Minecraft universe called Minecraft: Dungeons.
This new Minecraft-themed dungeon crawler can either be played alone or with up to three friends, The game tasks you with fighting your way through a huge range of dungeons, taking the form of canyons, swamps, mines, and many more environments I imagine as this game continues to develop.
Mojang is ensuring progression allows players to continually discover new weapons and items to use, as well as fighting “a ruthless swarm of new-and-nasty mobs.” The end goal is to save the villagers and defeat the “evil Arch-Illager.” Everything about this game is new, including the environments, mobs, and gameplay, so a very different Minecraft experience.
Any brand new game carrying the Minecraft name is sure to be popular from day one, but unfortunately Microsoft and Mojang are making us wait to play Minecraft: Dungeons. The release date hasn’t been confirmed beyond 2019 and initially it will only be available on PC.
The video above shows off a bit of the game, but you can be sure there will be much more detail revealed in the run up to launch. As is the norm now, expect livestreams, Q&A sessions with the developers, and probably even a few special launch day editions of the game to pre-order.