‘Minecraft: Story Mode’ Dated For October With Retail Release

Minecraft fans and fans of Telltale Games choice and consequence gameplay will not have to wait much longer for the release of Minecraft: Story Mode. Telltale announced an October release date for Episode 1: The Order of the Stone on Wednesday, with plans for a retail edition for PlayStation and Xbox consoles just a couple of weeks later.

The digital version of Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Game Series will launch on Tuesday October 13 for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. This will be followed by iOS and Android releases on October 15.

A “Season Pass Disc” will hit retail on Tuesday, October 27, marking a first for any of Telltale’s episodic game series. Though a physical disk, it will only contain Episode 1 and owners will still need an internet connection to download Episodes 2 through 5 to their consoles.

A Wii U and PS Vita release are also planned, but release dates have not been announced yet.

Minecraft: Story Mode is done in the style of many of the Minecraft Machinima videos you see on YouTube, judging by the trailer. That works for the animation style needed to pull off Telltale’s genre of choice and consequence games.

The game features Patton Oswalt and Catherine Taber as male and female versions of the main character, Jesse, which players will be able to choose. In fact, the entire game is backed by an impressive cast list of voice actors from games, television, and film. This all builds into the first official story-based adventure set in Minecraft.

“In Minecraft: Story Mode, playing as either a male or female hero named ‘Jesse,’ you’ll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, Jesse’s friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.”

Minecraft: Story Mode (PlayStation, Xbox, PC, iOS, Android)

“Developed in partnership with our friends at Mojang, this all-ages adventure series kicks off a thrilling story full of many elements essential to the world of Minecraft, combined with Telltale’s trademark choice-based gameplay,” said Kevin Bruner, CEO and co-founder of Telltale Games. “There are plenty of exciting details we’ve been keeping under wraps, and we’re thrilled that players will soon be starting their own adventure through the Nether to the Farlands and beyond with Jesse and The Order of the Stone.”

“One of the greatest things about this project is that it gives the community a chance to interact with the world of Minecraft in a new and different way. It also marks the beginning of some exciting narrative-form content based on our game,” said Lydia Winters, Brand Director at Mojang. “We worked directly with Telltale on every step of the process. Together we’ve created a blend of the amazing narratives that Telltale creates with all the fun and adventure you know and love from Minecraft. It’s got everything: creepers, crafting, an incredible cast of characters, and even an adorable pig. How awesome does that sound?”

[Images via Telltale Games]