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Minecraft: Story Mode
Minecraft Story Mode cover.jpeg
Developer(s)Telltale Games
Publisher(s)Telltale Games
SeriesMinecraft
EngineTelltale Tool
Platform(s)
Release
Season 1
Episode 1
  • Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
    • WW: October 13, 2015[1]
    Android, iOS
    • WW: October 15, 2015[1]
    Wii U
    • WW: January 21, 2016
Episode 2
  • Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
    • WW: October 27, 2015[2]
Episode 3
  • Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
    • WW: November 24, 2015[3]
Episode 4
  • Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
    • WW: December 22, 2015[4]
Episode 5
  • Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
    • WW: March 29, 2016[5]
Episode 6
  • Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
    • WW: June 7, 2016[6]
Episode 7
  • Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
    • WW: July 26, 2016[7]
Episode 8
  • Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
    • WW: September 13, 2016[8]
The Complete Adventure
  • Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
    • NA: October 25, 2016
    • EU: October 28, 2016
    Wii U
    • EU: December 16, 2016
    • NA: December 13, 2016
    • AU: December 16, 2016
    Nintendo Switch
Season 2
Episode 1
  • Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, Windows 10
    • WW: July 11, 2017[13]
    Android
    • WW: July 12, 2017
    Xbox 360
    • WW: July 14, 2017
Episode 2
  • August 15, 2017
Episode 3
  • September 19, 2017
Episode 4
  • November 7, 2017
Episode 5
  • December 19, 2017
Genre(s)
Mode(s)Single-player

Minecraft: Story Mode is an episodic point-and-click graphic adventure video game developed and published by Telltale Games, based on Mojang Studios' sandbox video game Minecraft. Mojang assisted with the development of the game. The first five episodes were released between October 2015 through March 2016, and an additional three episodes were released as downloadable content in mid-2016. A second season consisting of five episodes was released from July through December 2017.

The game follows the same episodic format as other Telltale Games titles, such as The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, and Game of Thrones. The story revolves around a player-created character named Jesse, originally an everyman, who later becomes a hero together with their friends. During the first four episodes, Jesse and their friends attempt to reassemble an old group of heroes known as the Order of the Stone to save the Overworld from the destructive Wither Storm. The rest of the first season follows Jesse and their friends, now the new Order of the Stone, on a new adventure after discovering a powerful artifact. In the second season, Jesse faces the powerful Admin.

The game is available for Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Android, iOS, Apple TV, and Netflix. A retail version was released in December 2016.[14] However, both the first and second seasons are no longer available for download due to the closure of Telltale Games in late 2018.

Gameplay

Minecraft: Story Mode is an episodic interactive comedy-drama point-and-click graphic adventure video game. It was released as a number of episodes similar to Telltale Games' other games. Players can collect items, solve puzzles, and talk to non-player characters through conversation trees to learn about the story and determine what to do next. Decisions that the player makes affect events in both the current episode and later episodes.[15] However, Minecraft: Story Mode is intended to be a family-friendly title, unlike Telltale's previous games, which tend to carry more mature or emotional overtones (including the death of major characters). As such, the decisions are intended to be pivotal and emotional but not to involve mature imagery or themes.[15] Elements of crafting and building were included in the gameplay which are central to Minecraft.[15][16] The game includes combat and other action sequences, carried out through both quick time events and more arcade-like controls, such as steering around debris on a road.[16][17] The Netflix version of Season 1 (excluding the Adventure Pass episodes) is fully pre-rendered, using an enhanced version of the Telltale Tool, uses limited choices and the second version of male and female models, and re-created as an interactive series.

Synopsis

Setting

Minecraft: Story Mode takes place in an interpretation of the world of Minecraft, known as the "Overworld", where the game is the extent of the characters' universe, and the characters are unaware that they are in a game.[18] The main character, Jesse, is an inexperienced resident of said universe who sets out on a journey with their friends within the world of Minecraft to find The Order of the Stone (Gabriel the Warrior, Ellegaard the Redstone Engineer, Magnus the Rogue, Soren the Architect and Ivor the Potion Brewer and Enchanter), five legendary adventurers who saved the Minecraft world.[19] The game includes settings that are normally difficult to access from within Minecraft, including the Nether and The End.[19]

Characters

The player can customize Jesse, including choice of gender and skin tone. Jesse is voiced by Patton Oswalt if male and by Catherine Taber if female.[20] Other main characters within the Minecraft: Story Mode world include Jesse's friends Petra (voiced by Ashley Johnson),[16] Axel (Brian Posehn), Olivia (Martha Plimpton), Lukas (Scott Porter), and Jesse's pet pig, Reuben (Dee Bradley Baker). The first season features several characters in supporting roles, including the Order of the Stone—Gabriel (Dave Fennoy), Magnus (Corey Feldman), Ellegaard (Grey Griffin), Soren (John Hodgman) and Ivor (Paul Reubens), the latter of whom becomes a main character from episode five onwards—former Ocelot member and Blazing Rods leader Aiden (Matthew Mercer); the ruler of Sky City, the Founder (Melissa Hutchison); Milo (Jim Meskimen), the leader of an underground building club; Minecraft YouTubers CaptainSparklez, DanTDM, LDShadowLady, Stampy Cat and Stacy Plays (all played by themselves); Torque Dawg (Adam Harrington); Cassie Rose/The White Pumpkin (Ashly Burch); the super-computer PAMA (Jason 'jtop' Topolski); its creator and former Old Builder Harper (Yvette Nicole Brown); the warrior Emily (Audrey Wasilewski); and the Old Builders—Hadrian (Jim Cummings), Mevia (Kari Wahlgren) and Otto (Jamie Alcroft).

There are also several background characters, such as Maya, Ivy and a Fangirl (GK Bowes); Owen (Owen Hill); Gill (Phil LaMarr); an EnderCon Usher named Reuben (also Jason 'jtop' Topolski); a Fanboy (Billy West); Lydia (Lydia Winters); and the EnderCon Building Competition Announcer (Erin Yvette). Stauffer said that the human characters as a whole represent the different types of gamers who play Minecraft.[19] Billy West narrates the first four episodes of the story.[21][22][23]

Plot

This is a broad overview of the plot. Certain decisions made by the player will alter details of specific events.

Season 1 (2015–16)

A long time ago, the Order of the Stone—Gabriel the Warrior, Ellegaard the Redstone Engineer, Magnus the Rogue, and Soren the Architect—travelled to the End and defeated the Ender Dragon, becoming well-known heroes. In the present-day, everyman Jesse, their friends Axel and Olivia, and pet pig Reuben, are preparing for the EnderCon building competition. The group's rivals, the Ocelots, attempt to sabotage their build, causing Reuben to flee. Jesse is attacked rescuing him but is saved by an acquaintance, Petra, who convinces Jesse to help her sell a Wither skull at EnderCon. The buyer, Ivor, tricks them and escapes with the skull. Jesse and their friends pursue him to his underground laboratory and discover that Ivor plans to attack Gabriel at EnderCon with a Wither containing a Command Block. The group fail to stop Ivor from unleashing the Wither, which soon breaks free from Ivor's control and evolves into a "Wither Storm" which consumes everything in its path. Jesse, their friends, and Ocelot leader Lukas escape through a Nether portal at Gabriel's fortress. Gabriel gives Jesse an amulet and tells them to find the other members of the Order of the Stone. Jesse rescues either Gabriel or Petra from the Wither Storm before being knocked through the portal.

Jesse and company escape the Nether and arrive at the Order's old temple, where they discover that Ivor was a member of the Order as the potions expert. Using the amulet to locate the other members, the group recruit Ellegaard and Magnus and are reunited with Gabriel/Petra (whoever Jesse rescued) before heading to Soren's secret lab in hopes that his invention, the Formidi-Bomb, can destroy the Wither Storm. The group travel to the End and convince Soren to help before returning to the Overworld. Despite Jesse placing the "F-Bomb" into the Wither Storm's chest to destroy its Command Block, the Block remains intact and either Ellegaard or Magnus is killed, allowing the Wither Storm to regenerate and triple in size.

The group, joined by an amnesiac Gabriel/Petra (who was released from the Wither Storm alongside the other consumed people) make their escape. Attempting to make amends, Ivor takes the group to his lab in the Far Lands to enchant a weapon capable of destroying the Command Block. There, Jesse discovers that Soren used a Command Block to wipe the Ender Dragon from existence and cheat the Order to glory, with Ivor having intended to use the Wither Storm to reveal the Order's true nature. Jesse builds the enchanted weapon and makes their way up to face the Wither Storm, aided by their friends and Soren's Endermen. Jesse is ultimately able to destroy the Command Block, though Reuben is killed in the process. Later, as the world and everyone affected by the Wither Storm returns to normal, Jesse and their friends are hailed as heroes and become "The New Order of the Stone".

Three months later, the Order investigate an ancient jungle temple, finding an enchanted Flint and Steel. They are accosted by the "Blaze Rods," the reformed Ocelots led by Aiden, who is bitter towards their newfound fame. Ivor reveals that the Flint and Steel is a product of an ancient group of master builders known as the "Old Builders", and supposedly the key to the "Eversource", the Builders' unlimited supply of building material. Jesse, Ivor, Lukas, and Petra return to the temple and use the Flint and Steel to open a portal before it is stolen by the Blaze Rods. Pursuing them, Jesse and friends find themselves in Sky City, a floating kingdom where building is forbidden. The group eventually finds the Eversource—a chicken that lays spawn eggs—but Aiden steals it and uses it to spawn hostile mobs. Jesse defeats Aiden and evacuates the city's citizens to an overworld hidden beneath Sky City as the Blaze Rods are arrested.

Jesse's group retrieve the Flint and Steel and try to return home through another portal, but find themselves in a portal-filled corridor. While travelling between them in search for a way home, they arrive in a graveyard with an invitation to a supposed party at a nearby mansion. At the mansion, Jesse and the others meet CaptainSparklez, DanTDM, LDShadowLady/Lizzie, Stampy Cat, Stacy Plays, TorqueDawg and Cassie Rose. TorqueDawg and CaptainSparklez are killed with traps constructed by the "White Pumpkin," a mysterious individual who desires the Flint and Steel. Jesse leads an investigation and eventually discovers that the culprit is Cassie, who seeks the Flint and Steel to leave to another world. Cassie is ultimately defeated and trapped, and Jesse and their friends return to the portal corridor.

The next portal takes the group to a desert world ruled by the super-computer PAMA, who has enslaved the local population. After PAMA takes control of Lukas and Petra, Jesse and Ivor escape aided by Harper, PAMA's creator, who reveals herself as an Old Builder. Harper takes them to her lab to retrieve something to help stop PAMA, where Jesse manages to free either Lukas or Petra before Harper is captured. Harper directs Jesse to PAMA's power source, the Redstone Heart, which Jesse destroys to deactivate PAMA and free everyone enslaved by it.

Back at the portal corridor, Harper reveals a hidden stairway to the other Old Builders' world, where an item called the Portal Atlas can help Jesse's group return home. However, the Old Builders—Hadrian, Mevia, and Otto—force Jesse to participate in a series of games in exchange for the Atlas and their friends' freedom. Despite Hadrian and Mevia's attempts to rig the games against Jesse's favour, Jesse stages a rebellion among the competitors and defeats Hadrian and Mevia with their friends' aid. Otto gives Jesse the Atlas, whereupon all competitors return to their respective homes. The New Order of the Stone return to their treasure room before noticing that Ivor has fled with both the Atlas and the Flint and Steel in search for a new adventure.

Season 2 (2017)

Several years after the events of the first season, Jesse is leading the city of Beacontown. Their intern, Radar, notifies Jesse of an upcoming adventure with Petra, and Founding Day, an annual celebration of Beacontown's founding. Jesse helps citizens prepare for Founding Day before meeting Petra in the mines and helping her apprehend a mystery creature, a llama named Lluna. Jesse and Petra stumble onto an underground chamber; perched atop is a gauntlet, which clamps onto Jesse's hand. The sand pyramid falls apart to reveal a bottomless pit (dubbed a "heckmouth") underneath. Jesse and Petra escape to the surface and depart to Champion City to return Lluna to her owner, Stella, the leader of Champion City whom considers Jesse to be her lifelong rival.

Petra seeks out Jack, a legendary adventurer whom she believes can help Jesse remove the gauntlet and the heckmouth. Jack reveals that the gauntlet is tracked to a dangerous Ocean Monument, and that an ancient magic block called the "Structure Block" is the key to closing the pit. Jesse convinces Jack to take them and Petra to the monument, which Jack reveals was supposedly created by "The Admin," a being of infinite power that allegedly created the world. Alongside Jack's friend, Nurm, the four complete various tasks, one of which frees Vos, an adventurer and friend of Jack who was presumed killed. At the center of the monument, the Admin appears and attempts to kill Jesse. Jesse and friends successfully close the pit and escape back to Beacontown, where the Admin reappears assuming the form of a prismarine statue, and uses a giant clock to change the time from day to night.

After Jesse defeats the statue, the Admin returns in the form of a snowman and challenges Jesse's group to reclaim the clock in his ice palace. Jesse, Jack, Lukas, Petra, Radar, and Vos head toward the ice palace, later joined by Stella and Lluna. The group overcome the Admin's challenges and the clock is destroyed by either Jack or Petra, turning the world back to normal time. However, Vos is revealed to have been an impersonation of the Admin, who teleports whomever destroyed the clock away as his new partner and sends Jesse to the "Sunshine Institute" – an obsidian maze where the Admin imprisons people he detests.

After an unsuccessful escape attempt and becoming either an "associate" or prisoner of the institute, Jesse accompanies Radar to the "Mush Room," where guests are forced to fight over mushrooms to survive, and resolves with their friends to find "Prisoner X", a famed escape artist who apparently knows the way out of the maze. Jesse opens X's cell before the Admin appears and forces Jesse to combat whomever destroyed the clock. The two cooperate to attack the Admin, who resultantly impersonates Jesse to earn the trust of the inhabitants of Beacontown and leaves with Stella. Jesse convinces Prisoner X, named Xara, to help, and learns that Xara was formerly an Admin alongside a third Admin named Fred, and fought the current Admin – named Romeo – for control of the world. Fred was killed, and Xara was stripped of her powers and imprisoned in the Sunshine Institute.

Xara leads the group to an area into the bedrock, named the "Underneath", to escape the institute. She shows them a portal from her homeworld to the surface that allowed the Admins to visit each other, which she agrees to repower while Jesse heads to "Fred's Keep," where Fred kept an object supposedly capable of removing Romeo's powers. Jesse is assisted by the citizens of Fred's Keep in exchange for helping the society to escape to above the bedrock, and is given the Order's amulet by Ivor to power Xara's portal. Jesse and Petra enter the Admin's cabin and find a journal left by Fred, detailing that Romeo's desire to keep the Admins together resulted in tension and his betrayal, along with a password to help defeat Romeo; Petra also reveals to Jesse her intention of wanting to leave Beacontown to go adventuring.

The friends return to the Oasis and find that Xara has fixed the portal. However, fireworks attract a giant Enderman, and Jesse is forced to leave behind either Radar or the citizens of Fred's Keep to distract it. The group end up outside the Old Order of the Stone's temple and see the Admin-ruled Beacontown, with Romeo having set up a dictatorship based in a giant floating tower above town. The group deduces that this tower contains the "Primary Terminal" mentioned in Fred's diary, and Jesse forms a plan to sneak themselves, Jack, and Petra up to the tower and disable the Admin's powers discreetly. Jesse confronts the Admin, who begins to add a layer of bedrock over Beacontown, planning to build a new world on top of it.

Jesse, Jack, and Petra reach the floating tower, a realm known as "Terminal Space" where Romeo tests plans and builds. Jesse enters with the password, and with help from a holographic recording of Fred, uses a Golden Gauntlet to defeat Romeo by stripping him of his powers. Terminal Space begins to crumble and is attacked by a glitching prismarine statue. Jesse can choose to either bring Romeo with them or leave him behind as the group escape; whether Romeo survives depends on whether Jesse saves him and whomever Jesse left in the Underneath.

With Beacontown saved and rebuilt, Ivor states his plans to reconnect with the old Order of the Stone and Axel and Olivia return to their respective communities. Stella returns to Champion City, while Lluna either stays with her or is adopted by Jesse. As Petra departs to go adventuring, Jesse ultimately either joins her or stays in Beacontown.

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
18October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13)September 13, 2016 (2016-09-13)
25July 11, 2017 (2017-07-11)December 19, 2017 (2017-12-19)

Season 1 (2015–16)

The main Minecraft: Story Mode game was separated into five episodes for Season 1, released in one month intervals. Three additional episodes were later released.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"The Order of the Stone"Dennis Lenart and Graham RossMichael Choung and Laura JacqminOctober 13, 2015 (2015-10-13)[1]
At Endercon, a world-threatening monster known as the Wither Storm is unleashed. It is up to Jesse and their friends to reassemble the Order of the Stone, a group of adventurers famous for slaying the Ender Dragon.
22"Assembly Required"Jason LatinoJoshua Rubin, Eric Stirpe and Timothy WilliamsOctober 27, 2015 (2015-10-27)[2]
Jesse and their friends must recruit the remaining members of the Order of the Stone to help defeat the Wither Storm.
33"The Last Place You Look"Jonathan StauderMichael Choung, Laura Jacqmin, Eric Stirpe and Timothy WilliamsNovember 24, 2015 (2015-11-24)[3]
Trapped inside of Soren's fortress, Jesse and their friends must find Soren to build a weapon that can destroy the Wither Storm.
44"A Block and a Hard Place"Graham Ross and Rebekah Gamin ArcovitchBrad Kane and Laura JacqminDecember 22, 2015 (2015-12-22)[4]
After a crushing defeat, Jesse and their friends must go on a long journey to the Far Lands to find the one thing capable of destroying the Command Block at the Wither Storm's core. Along the way, Jesse and friends make a shocking discovery about the Order of The Stone's history.
55"Order Up!"Jonathan StauderEric Stirpe and Timothy WilliamsMarch 29, 2016 (2016-03-29)[5]
Jesse, Petra, Lukas, and Ivor find a mysterious portal and wind up in a strange place called Sky City. After being framed for supposed crimes, Jesse and their friends must clear their names and stop an old enemy from destroying an innocent world.
66"A Portal to Mystery"Sean ManningEric Stirpe and Timothy WilliamsJune 7, 2016 (2016-06-07)[6]
Jesse and their friends end up in a room full of portals and must find a portal leading to the overworld. The first portal they go to leads to a party in a mansion. However, one guest is killing off the others. Can Jesse and friends find the killer? Or will the killer find them? The episode features five well-known YouTube players of Minecraft, as their avatars in the game: Joseph Garrett, Stacy Hinojosa, Dan Middleton, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Dywer, and Jordan Maron.
77"Access Denied"Rebekah Gamin Arcovitch and Jason PykeLuke McMullen and Eric StirpeJuly 26, 2016 (2016-07-26)[7]
Continuing their portal journey in search of home, Jesse and crew land in a world entirely controlled by PAMA – a sinister "thinking machine" determined to command everyone and everything with redstone mind control chips. Forced on the run to avoid capture and assimilation, Jesse must work with a new ally to defeat the corrupted computer and free the population it has enslaved.
88"A Journey's End?"Vahram AntonianEric Stirpe, Yale Hannon, and Erica HarrellSeptember 13, 2016 (2016-09-13)[8]
Jesse, Petra, Lukas, and Ivor try to find The Old Builders, who can supposedly help them find their way home. However, if Jesse is to survive the Old Builders' Gladiator Games and get home, he/she must forge new friendships with the other contestants and navigate a labyrinth of lies and deception.

Season 2 (2017)

In July 2017, the first trailer was released for season 2 revealing a release date of July 11.[24]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
91"Hero in Residence"Jonathan StauderEric StirpeJuly 11, 2017 (2017-07-11)[25]
As old friends and new responsibilities pull Jesse in different directions, the discovery of a strange Prismarine Gauntlet leads our hero into a whole new world of mystery and danger.
102"Giant Consequences"Sean ManningMeredith AinsworthAugust 15, 2017 (2017-08-15)[26]
A powerful foe emerges in Beacontown and subjects Jesse to some bizarre (and deadly) challenges. Friendships will be tested and new alliances formed as Jesse fights to save the world from this mighty enemy.
113"Jailhouse Block"Christopher RieserAdam DouglasSeptember 19, 2017 (2017-09-19)
Jesse and the gang must brave a dangerous prison and its even more dangerous inmates to reach the secret at the prison's heart... But when the enemy tries to recruit Jesse's friends, will they all be able to resist the call?
124"Below the Bedrock"Daniel RosalesNicole Martinez, Meredith Ainsworth, and Doug LieblichNovember 7, 2017 (2017-11-07)
Our heroes take a journey to a long-forgotten land where nothing is quite what it seems and danger lurks around every corner. Will Jesse's new alliances and friendships withstand the tests they'll face?
135"Above and Beyond"Mark DrosteAdam Miller, Meredith Ainsworth, Doug Lieblich, and Nicole MartinezDecember 19, 2017 (2017-12-19)
The final battle with Jesse's new enemy brings the battle home to Beacontown and the world may never be the same.

Development and releases

The idea for Minecraft: Story Mode came around the end of 2012 when Telltale Games was engaged in work for Tales from the Borderlands, an episodic series based on the Borderlands series. The idea of developing stories around other established video game franchises led the team to brainstorm the idea for a Minecraft-related game, given that the game was essentially a "blank canvas" for storytelling, according to Job Stauffer, and would create an interesting challenge.[15] The two groups recognized the amount of fan-generated narrative content that existed in the way of YouTube videos and other media forms that demonstrated the potential for storytelling in the game.[27] Many on Telltale's staff were also already fans of Minecraft, with a private server that they played on, with some of the incidents that occurred on there becoming ideas for the game's story.[27] Telltale began negotiations with Mojang in early 2013, and began work on the title shortly thereafter.[15] Stauffer noted that Microsoft's acquisition of Mojang was not a factor in the game's development, as their interaction with Mojang began well before Microsoft's negotiations.[15]

Telltale opted to create a new main character of Jesse for Minecraft: Story Mode instead of using default "Steve" character from Minecraft, feeling that they did not want to attempt to rewrite how players already saw this character in the game.[28] Other primary characters in the game are loosely designed around archetypes of common player-characters for Minecraft, such that those that engage in building, fighting, or griefing other players.[27] The game will not attempt to provide any background for some concepts in Minecraft, such as the creepers, as to avoid the various interpretations that fans have done for these elements, though they are elements of the game's story.[27]

Stauffer stated that the game's story would be aimed as family-friendly, similar to the films The Goonies or Ghostbusters;[15] their intended content would be equivalent to a PG-13 or PEGI-12 rating.[19][27] A number of the voice actors are alumni of such films of the 1980s such as Corey Feldman who starred in The Goonies, and the game includes various references to these types of films.[27] Stauffer reflected that while Telltale's more recent games like The Walking Dead were more mature stories, their original adventure games like Sam & Max and Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People were written as family-friendly, and that they consider their approach to Minecraft: Story Mode as "part of our DNA".[17] The story was aimed to be accessible to both existing players of Minecraft – both novice and advanced players – and to new audiences outside of the game.[15]

Minecraft: Story Mode was formally announced in December 2014 as a collaboration project between Mojang and Telltale; the announcement was presented as an interactive adventure game named "Info Quest II".[29] Its first trailer was released during the MINECON 2015 convention in early July.[21] The game was planned for a five-episode series for release on Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation and Xbox consoles in late 2015;[30][31] Telltale also released the game for the Wii U, only a month after the original Minecraft first came to a Nintendo platform.[32] It was also the first time a Telltale title had been released on a Nintendo platform since Back to the Future: The Game.[15] In addition, Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure, incorporating both the main episodes and downloadable content, was announced for the Nintendo Switch.[33]

The series released for most systems on October 13, 2015, with the PlayStation Vita and Wii U versions to follow at a later date. A season pass of the game was available for purchase on October 27, 2015, which allows the player to access the other four episodes once they are released.[1] Retail versions of the game were released on October 27, 2015.[2]

Netflix and Telltale signed a partnership in June 2018 for Netflix to offer Telltale's games over the service starting later that year, with Minecraft: Story Mode as the first planned title for the service.[34] Amid troubles related to the bankruptcy of Telltale Games in October and November 2018, sufficient staff remained with Telltale to complete work on this version, which was released onto Netflix on November 27 and December 5, 2018.[35]

Sequel

The first episode of Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two was released on July 11, 2017, for Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS and Android. It continued the story from the first season, with the player's choices affecting elements within Season 2. Patton Oswalt, Catherine Taber, Ashley Johnson, and Scott Porter were confirmed to continue voicework for the new season. The game supports the new Crowd Play feature that Telltale introduced in Batman: The Telltale Series, allowing up to 2,000 audience members to vote on decisions for the player using Twitch or other streaming services.[36]

On August 3, 2017, Telltale announced that second episode, "Giant Consequences", would be released on August 15.[26] The rest of the episodes were released on September 19, November 7,[37] and December 19, 2017.[38]

Closure of Telltale Games

In November 2018, Telltale Games began the process of closing down the studio due to financial issues. Most of its games started to become delisted from digital storefronts, including Minecraft: Story Mode. According to GOG.com, they had to pull the title due to "expiring licensing rights".[39] The Minecraft team stated that even for those that had purchased the titles before their delisting, the episodes would no longer be downloadable after June 2019.[40] Because the Xbox Live Marketplace does not allow for removing games from sale while at the same time allowing existing owners to download the game, each episode of the game's Xbox 360 version was repriced to $100 in the few weeks ahead of the delisting to deter users from purchasing them.[41]

Reception

Reviews for Season 1
Game Metacritic
Episode 1: The Order of the Stone (PC) 71[42]
(PS4) 71[43]
(XONE) 77[44]
Episode 2: Assembly Required (PC) 59[45]
(PS4) 53[46]
(XONE) 61[47]
Episode 3: The Last Place You Look (PC) 73[48]
(PS4) 73[49]
(XONE) 75[50]
Episode 4: A Block and a Hard Place (PC) 68[51]
(PS4) 72[52]
(XONE) 71[53]
Episode 5: Order Up! (PC) 70[54]
(PS4) 72[55]
(XONE) 69[56]
Episode 6: A Portal to Mystery (PC) 64[57]
(PS4) 69[58]
(XONE) 71[59]
Episode 7: Access Denied (PC) 69[60]
(PS4) 68[61]
(XONE) 71[62]
Episode 8: A Journey's End? (PS4) 69[63]
Reviews for Season 2
Game Metacritic
Episode 1: Hero in Residence (PC) 71[64]
(PS4) 67[65]
(XONE) 76[66]
Episode 2: Giant Consequences (PC) 74[67]
(PS4) 73[68]
(XONE) 76[69]
Episode 3: Jailhouse Block (PC) 71[70]
(PS4) 63[71]
(XONE) 72[72]
Episode 4: Below the Bedrock (PC) 73[73]
Episode 5: Above And Beyond (PC) 78[74]

Minecraft: Story Mode received "mixed or average reviews" from critics, with the Nintendo Switch version earning a weighted average of 67 based on 5 critics.[75]

Season 1 (2015–16)

Episode 1: The Order of the Stone

Aggregating review website Metacritic gave the Microsoft Windows version 71/100 based on 25 reviews,[42] the PlayStation 4 version 71/100 based on 23 reviews[43] and the Xbox One version 77/100 based on 13 reviews.[44] On GameRankings, a score of 78.59% was given based on 11 reviews for the Xbox One version,[76] 77.50% for Wii U based on 4 reviews,[77] 73.53% for the PC version based on 16 reviews,[78] and 73.29% for PlayStation 4 based on 21 reviews.[79]

Episode 2: Assembly Required

Metacritic gave the Windows version 59/100 based on 13 reviews,[45] the PlayStation 4 version 53/100 based on 7 reviews[46] and the Xbox One version 61/100 based on 8 reviews.[47]

Episode 3: The Last Place You Look

Metacritic gave the Windows version 73/100 based on 10 reviews,[48] the PlayStation 4 version 73/100 based on 7 reviews[49] and the Xbox One version 75/100 based on 9 reviews.[50]

Episode 4: A Block and a Hard Place

Metacritic gave the Windows version 68/100 based on 8 reviews,[51] the PlayStation 4 version 72/100 based on 8 reviews[52] and the Xbox One version 71/100 based on 8 reviews.[53]

Episode 5: "Order Up!"

Metacritic gave the Windows version 70/100 based on 6 reviews,[54] the PlayStation 4 version 72/100 based on 9 reviews[55] and the Xbox One version 69/100 based on 6 reviews.[56]

Episode 6: A Portal to Mystery

Metacritic gave the Windows version 64/100 based on 5 reviews,[57] the PlayStation 4 version 69/100 based on 6 reviews[58] and the Xbox One version 71/100 based on 5 reviews.[59]

Episode 7: Access Denied

Metacritic gave the Windows version 69/100 based on 4 reviews,[60] the PlayStation 4 version 68/100 based on 6 reviews[61] and the Xbox One version 71/100 based on 5 reviews.[62]

Episode 8: A Journey's End?

Metacritic gave the PlayStation 4 version 69/100 based on 6 reviews.[63]

Season 2 (2017)

Episode 1: Hero in Residence

Metacritic gave the PC version 71/100 based on 8 reviews,[64] the PlayStation 4 version 67/100 based on 8 reviews,[65] and the Xbox One version 76/100 based on 4 reviews.[66]

Episode 2: Giant Consequences

Metacritic gave the PC version 74/100 based on 8 critics and[80] the PlayStation 4 version a score of 73/100 based on 4 reviews.[81] On GameRankings, the PlayStation 4 version has a rating of 65.00% based on 2 reviews and on the PC version, it has a score of 72.86% based on 7 reviews.[82][83]

Episode 3: Jailhouse Block

Metacritic gave the PC version 71/100, based on 8 reviews, and the PlayStation 4 63/100 based on 4 reviews.[84][85]

Episode 4: Below The Bedrock

Metacritic gave the PC version a score of 74/100 based on 5 critics.[86]

Episode 5: Above And Beyond

Metacritic gave the PC version a score of 78/100 based on 4 critics.[74]

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