Let's do some name dropping. Telltale Games and Mojang alone should be enough to guarantee success with a video game shouldn't they? I mean after all Mojang have created possibly the most successful sandbox game of all time, and well Telltale Games just seem to turn anything they touch into a sure fire winner.
We now need to add the names Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Billy West, and Paul Reubens into this gaming equation (heads beginning to blow yet?) and we have the full creative team and the cast for the Minecon 2015 announced Minecraft: Story Mode.
Check out the Minecraft: Story Mode Minecon 2015 trailer below...Click here to read more...
We really are excited about HoloLens and the amazing advantages it appears to be able to bring to gaming when it is finally released. I personally have no time for Minecraft, even though I can see why others do and why they are more than happy to spend countless hours in their little worlds... until now.
Mojang's "Director of Fun" Lydia Winters took to the stage today during the Microsoft E3 presentation to demonstrate for us a HoloLens dedicated version of Minecraft, and it was fantastic!Click here to read more...
There's no denying that Minecraft is one of the most important -- very likely the most important -- games of the last decade. A hit with gamers young and old, it encourages creativity, collaboration and creation in ways that few videogames have ever managed to accomplish.
It also has major potential for edutainment, which Microsoft and the government of Northern Ireland have finally managed to tap into in a brave new initiative. Minecraft is to be made available to every post-primary school in Northern Ireland as part of a ground-breaking project devised by CultureTECH, Northern Ireland’s innovation festival, with funding from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.Click here to read more...
So, Telltale are doing a Minecraft game. We know very little about it, apart from the fact that it'll be episodic and narrative-driven. Mojang have added that "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 could mean anything as far as what this thing will look like.
It doesn't seem like the most obvious fit to begin with, but these are two huge names coming together in an intriguing way next year. Here's what we made of the announcement...
I'm all for crossovers, but I have to be honest, this collaboration confused and enraged me at first glance. The idea of Minecraft being adapted into another narrative-driven adventure game seemed completely insane, and doubly galling since I'm slightly worried about Telltale taking on too much (remember, only a few years ago they were seriously slumping due to developing too many mediocre licensed games too quickly) and selfishly would much rather they took on Cowboy Bebop instead. Come on. How great would that be?
But then again... why shouldn't Minecraft be able to support a strong narrative adventure? After all, it already does.Click here to read more...
It's a repeat of a deal from last month, but what the hell - it's Black Friday and it's a great price for Minecraft on PS4. This offer from The Game Collection will save you a few quid over the next cheapest offer elsewhere.
I'm not sure what else is left to say. It's Minecraft - you already know if the blocky sandbox title and its endless nightmare of Creepers is what you want. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Minecraft (PS4) | The Game Collection (via Rakuten) | £9.99 (save £2 vs Base)
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The Game Collection ran a £9.99 flash sale for the PS4 version of Minecraft last week, a serious saving, but are still sneakily retailing at the same price via their Rakuten store listing. You'll need to use voucher code LAUNCHFIVE though.
I... don't need to explain what Minecraft is, do I? Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
This week's Game Buzz sees us chat about Microsoft's acquisition of Mojang and Minecraft, and what the future might hold for both the studio and its wildly popular IP under new management. Now that Jon's had a chance to get cracking in Destiny, we also have a natter about Carl's review and the ongoing mix of feelings that Destiny manages to provoke.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.
No, that title is not a typo.
Let's face it, Microsoft didn't really buy Mojang for, well, Mojang... they dropped $2.5 billion for the privilege of owning Minecraft, and it's fairly easy to see why. It's a time of transition for Mojang, of course. What indie culture existed there is changed forever by this, not least because of the departure of several of the studio's founders, Notch included. It's not about the money, apparently, but rather to avoid going insane.
Given how massive Minecraft has become, for a mild-mannered bearded chap who just wants to go about making little games that interest him once again, I can't say that I blame Persson.
Minecraft is huge, it's gone beyond games to the point where it's now used fairly widely as an educational tool. As Notch wrote in his farewell blog post, Minecraft belongs to its millions of fans as well as Microsoft. There's a lot of love for the voxel-based trailblazer, and there were a range of reactions to the confirmation of the buyout on Twitter, even when the buyout was a mere whisper.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) September 10, 2014
— Xbox (@Xbox) September 15, 2014
Some were confused by the amount of money that Microsoft had paid...
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— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) September 15, 2014
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is coming to a UK store near you this June as Mojang and Microsoft have announced that the Minecraft experience will soon be available to buy in-store on disc across the UK, exclusively for Xbox 360.Click here to read more...
4J Studios (and the inestimable Hat Films) have released a new trailer showing off the latest Minecraft 360 title update. The latest patch will add The End, a nightmarish plane ruled over by the seriously aggravating Enderdragon, just as soon as 4J have ironed out the last few kinks. Expect some extra goodies like climbable vines and a retooled tutorial too.
Mojang's upcoming space sim, 0x10c, seems to be coming along nicely. This new footage demonstrates multiplayer in action along with basic gunplay and lighting... in fact, it looks a lot like Marathon to us. In a good way.
"The bot character is a placeholder model, and the flickering is a bug," reads Markus "Notch" Persson's annotation. "Most of everything is missing, but it's a start! Also, there's sound!"
0x10c promises to let players explore a dying universe at the bitter end of its life, scripting their own AI and creating their own ships to tame the hostile edge of space. Sounds good to us.
Xbox LIVE's Minecraft will be receiving a whole host of bug fixes and more in update 1.8.2, and should be readdy pretty soon, with developers 4J Studios announcing on Twitter that "we're working hard fixing bugs in our 1.8.2 build - think we have a week or two to go before we can hand it over for Microsoft Cert Testing".
4J also dropped a new little trailer for the update, detailing some of the food fixes and environments in the latest update, titled "New Food". There'll be a full list of fixes and additions once the patch goes through certification.Watch New Food after the jump...
CD Projekt RED scooped top honours at the 2012 European Game Awards, with The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings receiving no less than six of the twenty-two prizes including Best European Game. DICE, Mojang and Wargaming.net were also honoured with a selection of awards during the ceremony held in Cologne.
Minecraft creator Markus Persson was the recipient of the Personality Award.
We've got the full list of winners after the break.Click here to read more...
Are you a Minecraft fan? Annoyed that last year's convention was all the way across the Atlantic Ocean in Las Vegas? Did you wish upon a star?
Well, Mojang heard, because MineCon 2012 will be setting up shop in Disneyland Paris between November 24th-25th. We eagerly await the inevitable slew of Magic Kingdom Minecraft servers.
Mojang will open booking and registration "in the next two weeks," and they've apparently secured an "amazing" hotel rate.
Tech company Uniloc has filed lawsuits against Mojang, Halfbrick and other studios, claiming that their games infringe on a patent for online authentication.
However, Notch plans to defend "Mindcraft" (yes, Uniloc misspelled their own litigation target) to the hilt - calling out the practice as "evil."Click here to read more...
Please forgive the pun. We had to. It was fundamentally necessary.
Anyway, Minecraft: Xbox Edition has gone and broken the million-sales barrier in less than a week, which will probably surprise no-one. Still, applause all round.
It also nabbed the fastest selling XBLA game award too, beating Trials Evolution, which launched earlier this month.Click here to read more...