Story-driven experiences created by a game developer are definitely not the first thing players may think of when discussing Minecraft, but it’s most certainly a quality that’s come to define developer Telltale Games.
And so while the idea of a Minecraft game all about narrative and characters may seem odd, it makes all the more sense when it’s in the hands of the team behind The Walking Dead and Tales from the Borderlands.
Telltale announced Thursday that the studio will be releasing a new episodic series, Minecraft: Story Mode, in 2015 based on the world of Mojang’s incredibly popular “build whatever you can imagine” game.
The series was introduced via a “game” called Info Quest II, which is, like many of Telltale’s games, comprised of dialogue choices that allow the player to learn more about Story Mode.
Telltale will create an entirely new set of characters for their series while building off the themes of Minecraft‘s creativity-driven experience. The developer also explains that it will take input from developer Mojang, the team behind Minecraft, and some members of the game’s community, though exactly what that means hasn’t been defined just yet.
The series will be available on Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices, so it’s safe to say Minecraft fans and those who have no idea what the game is but have a niece/neighbor/son/cousin who won’t shut up about it will be able to dive into Telltale’s series.
Story Mode will be something of a departure for Telltale, which has traditionally created experiences that have existing characters or plot threads to tie in or at least reference. But Minecraft is all about letting the users create their own stories, so Telltale’s team will largely define the design of the plot and characters.