We all thought Telltale had made a weird pairing when they announced Tales from the Borderlands in 2013. How could you make a story driven choice game out of Borderlands? It's a franchise mostly known for being a gameplay heavy open world with a few memorable characters.
Yet, that seems to have turned out pretty great so far.
That is why we should give the developer some benefit of the doubt when it comes to their newest title. Mojang have announced that they are working on Minecraft: Story Mode with Telltale Games. The game was announced via a cute little mini-game press release titles Info Quest II. This should all be surprising since…well Minecraft doesn't have any kind of official lore or story.
Here are a couple bullet points from Mojang answering some questions out of the gate:
- Minecraft: Story mode will be a narrative-driven video game created by Telltale Games. It will be about Minecraft.
- Mojang is collaborating with Telltale and members of the community to make Minecraft: Story Mode as Minecrafty as possible.
- The first episode will be released some time in 2015, and will be available on Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices.
- Minecraft: Story Mode will be released episodically, just like The Wolf Among Us, The Walking
- Dead, or the recent Tales from the Borderlands, which is another developer-collaboration series between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software.
- We're not intending on creating an "official" story for Steve, or explaining the world of Minecraft in detail. It will be a cool game.
That is all pretty cool by me, although I am interested to see what they do with the story as Mojang have said they aren't trying to create any specific lore for the franchise. Also, depending how "Minecrafty" the gameplay gets, this could be a real departure for Telltale. That is pretty exciting.
This could well give us our first look at how the projected Minecraft movie might look too. So that is a thing.
At this point, I'll pretty much play any series by Telltale until their quality begins to drop. Hell, give me Barbie: A Telltale Series. I'd be interested to see what the writers could do with that.