The Xbox Developer_Direct revealed a lot about the highly anticipated Minecraft Legends. We were served with a brand-new gameplay trailer, purchase options, as well as a release date. Before we delve deeper into all that, let’s take a quick minecart trip down memory lane.
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To be very honest, I didn’t get the hype… at first. I tried out Minecraft Classic in early 2010 and quickly got bored. I honestly didn’t get the appeal of a pixel block game, whilst I had the visual stunner; Mass Effect 2 downloading in the background. Besides, my kid had not been born yet so I was still a Padawan without a Master.
Fast forward a decade to the year 2020 and its infamous friend; the COVID-19 pandemic. We were locked in our homes and video games became more than entertainment, they were an escape. I’d succeeded completely in my quest to raise a next-gen gamer but my kid wasn’t playing MY games. Instead, he was hooked on…
Yup, you guessed it, Minecraft!
After years of begging me to join his magical block land, I finally caved. I didn’t want to relive my initial online survival experience, so we made a brand new map and started in creative mode. That’s when it finally clicked, I finally understood. The power of the digital block in a randomly generated world was the modern equivalent of the Legos that I used to play with. The possibilities were endless and I built and built and built until even my kid got bored of my building.
Then I built some more.
Already addicted, it was now easy for my kid to entice me into playing in survival mode. And what fun we had, gathering materials for a makeshift shelter and brightly-colored beds, all to avoid being blown up by the %#$!@&~ creepers once the square sun went down. What fun we had, spending hours inside a mine collecting ores, diamonds, and obsidian. Falling into lava and losing everything was far less fun, however.
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At some point, I even agreed to join my kid in rewatching Minecraft Story Mode on Netflix. He’d never managed to play the original TellTale games before the studio went out of business.
Then, the pandemic was over. Our so-called normal lives were restored.
My kid went back to school and wanted to play football outside. Piano classes and birthday parties claimed back their places on the weekends. The days of non-stop building had officially come to an end.
We both tried to play Minecraft Earth but even the devs knew it wasn’t really going anywhere, so we stuck to Pokemon Go instead.
We gave Minecraft Diablo, sorry, Minecraft Dungeons a shot during the Christmas break but that’s when my kid finally decided that he wanted to play World of Warcraft: Dragonflight instead. The day I’d been looking forward to for twelve long years had finally arrived and I wasn’t going to pass it up. So sorry, Minecraft Dungeons.
Now, 2023 has arrived with plenty of gifts for the gaming world, including a brand new adventure; Minecraft Legends.
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The latest iteration in the Minecraft world; Minecraft Legends is being developed by Mojang Studios itself in collaboration with Canadian-based Blackbird Interactive. Although Blackbird’s Minecraft mobile AR attempt wasn’t a success, Mojang is clearly leveraging the studio’s genre-specific experience with games such as Homeworld 3 for this title.
Minecraft Legends will be an action strategy game, played from a third-person POV. It will feature both single-player as well as cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes. Development started in 2018 and the game was officially announced during the Xbox & Bethesda showcase in June of last year.
Here are a few snippets of the game’s story:
The ravaging piglins have arrived, and it’s up to you to inspire your allies and lead them in strategic battles to save the Overworld! Learn the story of Minecraft Legends and explore its new, yet familiar world, while experiencing the Minecraft Universe in an exciting new way in this new action strategy game.
Explore a beautiful land, both familiar and mysterious, full of diverse life, lush biomes, and rich resources needed to build your defenses and defeat the piglin invasion. Inspire unexpected friends to form valuable alliances and lead them in strategic battles to protect their home.
Last night’s Developer_Direct showcase revealed that Minecraft Legends will release on April 18th and come in the following flavors:
- A Standard Edition (the base game) priced at $39.99 USD
- A Deluxe Edition (the base game plus a deluxe skin pack) priced at $49.99 USD
- Minecraft Legends will be available to Xbox & PC GamePass subscribers on launch day.
With his GamePass subscription in place, my kid should be all set for Minecraft Legends when it finally releases. The real question is, however, will it be able to recapture the magic for him? Perhaps even his dad?
Minecraft Legends is coming to PC (GamePass), Xbox (GamePass), PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch on April 18th, 2023.
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