Mojang have today announced the development of Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Game Series. As its intriguing title suggests, this downloadable point-and-click video game product is currently in the works not only at the studio where the ludicrously lucrative Minecraft brand - which is now formally owned by Microsoft, of course - was conceived but moreover at Telltale Games, better known as the development team who've recently given us high-calibre interactive adaptations of every beloved franchise from The Walking Dead to Back to the Future to Borderlands.
In any other case, that Telltale are assisting with development here would be more than enough to pique most hardcore industry fanatics' interest, yet that Minecraft has never sported a fully-fledged, narrative-driven campaign before makes the proposition of this so-called Story Mode all the more inspired and therefore tantalising. According to IGN, despite the fact that players will once again take control of Minecraft's primary controllable avatar, Steve, and be able to shape the multi-part storyline based on the morally-eschewed choices they make along the way, Mojang are unlikely to brand the narrative that's being conveyed here as canon, primarily because the central principle of the original game's universe is that we as fans define the trajectory, background and ramifications of its 'plot' - if such a linear structure can even be argued as existing in this instance - rather than these elements being pre-determined as is the case with the majority of titles currently on the market. Between their work on additional episodes of Tales from the Borderlands, Game of Thrones and now this project, Telltale in particular are likely to have their hands full next year, but rest assured that as and when further gameplay details, release schedule tidbits or the like come to light, we'll have the fastest and most comprehensive coverage of said information right here.
Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series will première on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Android, Mac and iOS in 2015.