Minecraft Dungeons is now available for Xbox One, Play Station 4, Nintendo Switch and PC. This spin-off has the possibility of being a multiplayer, enter the adventure and build your story.
Price and availability
You can get it for the console of your preference for the value of $19.99 dollars , while the Hero edition costs $29.99 dollars. Although if you want not to spend so much you can simply buy the Pass, for the price of $9.99 dollars, where you will get extras and the DLC.
Not because it is the best-selling video game in history, you can afford to rest on your laurels. This is what the executives of Microsoft, owner of the popular Minecraft, must have thought when they decided to give the green light to Minecraft Dungeons, a spin-off that replaces the constructions and creativity of the original title with an action adventure for the whole family.
The story of Minecraft Dungeons
Minecraft Dungeons has been developed by a small team from Mojang, the Swedish studio responsible for this virtual universe, and is what is known within the videogame world as a dungeon crawler , that is, a title that combines combat and exploration and in the that players must navigate dungeons and other scenarios killing enemies and searching for treasures. The main difference from other representatives of this genre, such as the well-known Diablo series, is in its colorful and cubic setting, but also in the fact that it is a game designed for all ages.
“The project started as a game for the Nintendo 3DS,” explains the game’s executive producer, David Nisshagen, “After seeing that it was fun, we decided to take it to a PC, later we became curious to be able to control it with a console gamepad and finally, seeing that it worked, we decided to make it multiplayer,” he adds.
Nisshagen, who had previously worked on the Magicka series of games – whose concept is similar to that of this Minecraft Dungeons – claims that from the beginning they had the idea of setting the game in the Minecraft universe. Now, despite changing the perspective and the general dynamics, the laws of the Minecraft universe are still in force: “A creeper will always be a creeper and even the smallest children know how to identify them and know how they act. We are on the shoulders of a giant like Minecraft, and having this intuitive understanding helps a lot.”
In addition to being a game for all audiences, another of the pillars of Minecraft Dungeons is its multiplayer approach . It can be played solo, but where it shows its true potential is in cooperative games for up to four players. Unlike the original Minecraft, this Dungeons has a more traditional progression based on levels that players must overcome in order to get items that improve the character.
“In Minecraft Dungeons your character is the sandbox; there are no classes or skills, the main thing is to improve the items you are finding and try combinations, “says Nisshagen during the conversation via videoconference. In the words of the game’s executive producer, this continuous customization offers a “sense of immediate experimentation” and is the key element of the playable proposal. In this sense, the design of the game interface stands out, very clear menus that have been designed so that any player can easily move between the objects in their inventory.
The Minecraft Dungeoons release was initially planned for April , but the Covid-19 pandemic caused the Swedish studio to decide to delay the game by a month. “We could have finished it by the original April date, but maybe it wasn’t comfortable and we also don’t want it to cause too much stress for people,” explains Nishagen. “Everything that is happening is stressful enough; In recent weeks everyone has been working from home, it is a new scenario and it is difficult, especially in a multiplayer game,” he confesses.
After being between three and four years in development, Minecraft Dungeons arrives on Xbox One, Windows, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch this Tuesday with the aim of offering something new to the millions of fans that this virtual universe has around the world. Although the game is already attracting attention only by name – the main youtubers are already playing it – it still has the challenge of showing that its proposal, a dungeon game for audiences of all ages, will have enough depth to live up to his unstoppable older brother.