Minecraft developer, Mojang, didn?t disappoint their Guinness Record 10,000 attendees in Minecon , as they showed an all new standalone game titled ?Minecraft: Story Mode,? co-created with acclaimed developer, Tell Tale Games. Minecraft fans also got first dibs of new game features for their PC and Console Editions, as well as what?s new for the Minecraft Pocket Edition.
?Minecraft: Story Mode?, a narrative driven game set in the Minecraft universe, will use the same episodic format and gameplay of Telltale?s previous games such as Telltale?s The Walking Dead and Tales from the Borderlands. Players will take control of Jesse in ?a tale of adventure and survival? which spans from the Nether to the Farlands, the End, and beyond. Players will get to take control of major decisions that affects the outcome of the story.
Kevin Bruner, CEO and Co-Founder of Tell Tale Games said they are working closely with Mojang to ensure that the story they make is ?a natural fit for the Minecraft world fans already know and love?.
Mojang Chief World Officer Owen Hill echoed Bruner?s statement saying the interactive storytelling of Telltale will enable players to uniquely explore the Minecraft universe. ?They?ve crafted a story that follows the logic of Minecraft, but still manages to feel original,? Hill said.
?Minecraft: Story Mode? will be released at an unannounced date in 2015 for Mac, PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, iOS, and Android.
New Content for PC and Console Versions
New game features for Console and PC versions of Minecraft were also announced. Dual Wielding or using unique weapons in each hand is now possible, enabling a more strategic play style. Shields, enchanted arrows, spectral arrowed, and glow arrows will also become available soon.
Other changes include the expansion of the End Map, possible inclusion of ladders in the End City, and a change in the Ender Dragon map. Players will also get to create different types of portals called the End Gateway to reach new End areas.
Minecraft Pocket Edition will also receive updates to put it on par with its PC and console brethren. Hunger and XP bars, anvils, controller support, and ability to move the UI will be made available in an update soon.
Minecraft as an Educational Tool
In E3 2015, Minecraft was shown being used for Hololens, Microsoft?s future tech. But Minecraft?s popularity doesn?t seem to be dwindling as the game is now being thought off as a tool for teaching children.
A journal titled ??Redstone is like electricity?: Children?s performative representations in and around Minecraft? tested the game on eight and nine-year-old girls in knowing if they can display their Minecraft knowledge ?through discussion of the both, both ?in world? and in face-to-face interactions??
?We?ve seen some real success with engagement, problem solving?design and their creative work,? Assistant Professor of Australia?s Queensland University of Technology and co-author of the journal article, told ABC.