Telltale Reveals New Trailer, Details for Minecraft: Story Mode

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Telltale Reveals New Trailer, Details for Minecraft: Story Mode

Telltale revealed the World Premier trailer for Minecraft: Story Mode at Minecon today, along with new details and cast list.

"You'll control protagonist Jesse throughout the season, as portrayed by actor Patton Oswalt," a blog post reads. "Jesse and his group of friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone; four adventurers who slayed an Ender Dragon." The Order consists of a Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect, all of whom are "the very best at what they do."

"While at EnderCon, Jesse and his friends discover that something is wrong... something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and they must set out on a journey to find The Order of the Stone if they are to save their world from oblivion."

Staying in the vein of the Telltale formula, Minecraft: Story Mode is a five part episodic game, with the player dictating the story through narrative and action sequence choices.

"We've worked closely with the amazing team at Mojang to ensure this story is a natural fit for the Minecraft world fans already know and love," said Kevin Bruner, CEO and co-founder of Telltale Games. "As Jesse, players will steer their own path through a tale of adventure and survival; all brought to life by an all-star cast. Through Telltale's choice-based gameplay and a story spanning from the Nether to the Farlands, the End, and beyond, we can't wait for fans to experience this new take on the beloved world of Minecraft."

The all-star cast Bruner was speaking of for Minecraft: Story Mode includes Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille), Brian Posehn (Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer), Ashley Johnson (The Last of Us), Scott Porter (Batman: Arkham Knight), Martha Plimpton (The Goonies), Dave Fennoy (The Walking Dead), Corey Feldman (The Goonies), Billy West (Adventure Time), and Paul Reubens (Pee-wee's Big Adventure).

"The interactive storytellers at Telltale are giving players the chance to explore their own unique interpretation of the Minecraft universe," said Owen Hill, Chief Word Officer at Mojang. "They've crafted a story that follows the logic of Minecraft, but still manages to feel original. It's actually pretty funny too. And the pig is adorable. We're super excited about players digging deeper into the world of Minecraft: Story Mode later this year."

Minecraft: Story Mode will hit PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android later this year.

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This is so bizarre. I'm not angry about this I'm just really confused.

why didn't they use the regular Steve model as the main character


also would this count as whitewashing the main character, not sure what Steve is supposed to be but he looks a little bit tan at least.

I'm not sure about this, I love Minecraft but this seems a little... I don't know, I'll wait until it comes out I guess.

Also 0:47... Lee, is that you?!

I see this is running on the logic that made The Lego Movie a thing. Whether or not the weather holds true and lightning strikes twice, well that is a different question entirely; one which I shall not comment on until this is released.

JoJo:

Also 0:47... Lee, is that you?!

Yup, that's him. He's also Bluebeard in the Wolf Among Us.

Feels like a trailer for a regular Minecraft 3D animation you see on YouTube but with professional voice actors.

And it seems like the characters are real life people playing the game, I would've preferred people who are actually in the Minecraft universe as characters.

MiskWisk:
I see this is running on the logic that made The Lego Movie a thing. Whether or not the weather holds true and lightning strikes twice, well that is a different question entirely; one which I shall not comment on until this is released.

I was thinking the same thing.

Knowning Telltales for their renown story telling, it made me wonder why they couldn't made a mod on it on Minecraft (yet) but yet again Minecraft is about freedom so being given a sole/ narrow story route would goes against it.

Yeah, no, this ticks me off. The effort and resources put into this could have had Season 3 of The Walking Dead or Season 2 of Wolf Among Us come out sooner. Plus, who is this even marketed to? There's very little overlap between Telltale game players and Minecraft players when compared to, say, the type of person who would play their games but also consume the previous media adaptations they've done.

Is that Patton Oswald as the main Character? Kind of sounds like him.

Yeah, this is still a dumb idea.

Lets wait and see. Recently, we've had things like Guardians of the Galaxy, LEGO movie and the upcoming Ant-Man. These were experiments that succeeded(Ant Man TBD), so lets just wait. Maybe its good, maybe not, but they're trying something different.

I just hope they change the mouth "animation", because that really threw me off.

No Steve? Piss off then.

Atleast their engine can handle something as low-key as this, without becoming a stuttery piece of shit. Or not.

The sad part is, this game's stylised visuals look better than their Game of Thrones game. GoT just looks cheap and ugly, and is straight up worse visually than Half-Life 2(2004) most of the time.

tf2godz:
This is so bizarre. I'm not angry about this I'm just really confused.

why didn't they use the regular Steve model as the main character


also would this count as whitewashing the main character, not sure what Steve is supposed to be but he looks a little bit tan at least.

I doubt that character is supposed to be Steve. Also, white people can get a tan.

OT: I love Telltale, but I wish they would stop starting up new games and just finish the ones they've already started. Though I'm mostly saying this because I want them to get round to doing The Wolf Among Us season 2.

Zontar:
Yeah, no, this ticks me off. The effort and resources put into this could have had Season 3 of The Walking Dead or Season 2 of Wolf Among Us come out sooner. Plus, who is this even marketed to? There's very little overlap between Telltale game players and Minecraft players when compared to, say, the type of person who would play their games but also consume the previous media adaptations they've done.

One would think there is no overlap in Borderlands and Telltale players either - but yet, we have Tales of the Borderlands and it's good and successful, as far as I can see.

The only problem is - Borderlands at least had an established universe. Minecraft has... not. At least, not a lot. The only thing I could've thought of would be some kind of "prequel" which would go into more details about the existing three "tribes" of the series (Villagers, Endermen and Zombie Pigmen) and their relation, maybe also explaining why we have zombie pigmen, but no normal ones.
But what we're getting just feels like another random Fan-Animation, just as episodic Telltale Visual Novel game.

Zontar:
Yeah, no, this ticks me off. The effort and resources put into this could have had Season 3 of The Walking Dead or Season 2 of Wolf Among Us come out sooner. Plus, who is this even marketed to? There's very little overlap between Telltale game players and Minecraft players when compared to, say, the type of person who would play their games but also consume the previous media adaptations they've done.

I'm pretty sure TWD season 3 is being handled by a different team at TTG, and why would this make you mad? There are people are gonna like The new Minecraft game, let them enjoy their fun.

Bindal:

One would think there is no overlap in Borderlands and Telltale players either - but yet, we have Tales of the Borderlands and it's good and successful, as far as I can see.

The only problem is - Borderlands at least had an established universe. Minecraft has... not. At least, not a lot. The only thing I could've thought of would be some kind of "prequel" which would go into more details about the existing three "tribes" of the series (Villagers, Endermen and Zombie Pigmen) and their relation, maybe also explaining why we have zombie pigmen, but no normal ones.
But what we're getting just feels like another random Fan-Animation, just as episodic Telltale Visual Novel game.

Plus Borderlands does have a fairly detailed lore with a large part of its community who loves to read about it. Minecraft, like you said, has no lore to speak of, as it's just an open world that is randomly generated.

This really does just seem like a name cash in. I mean Game of Thrones, Waling Dead and Wolf all came from strongly narrative driven sources, and Borderlands at least had a story to work with in the first place. Minecraft is just a head scratcher, especially when Telltale's audience wants more of what they've already got.

WolvDragon:

I'm pretty sure TWD season 3 is being handled by a different team at TTG, and why would this make you mad? There are people are gonna like The new Minecraft game, let them enjoy their fun.

Simple, allocation of resources. Every person working on this is someone who isn't working on one of the 4 other active series they have that people are waiting for, to say nothing of the fact that they've pushed back the release of some of said series due to the fact they don't want to flood the market by having releases that are too close to each other.

People may find this game fun, but they're definitely outnumbered by those who like me will have to wait longer for games we've been waiting for because of one no one asked for. At least TWD, Wolf, GoT and Borderlands all had people actively asking why no story driven games had been made for them before they where announced. Minecraft was not one of those properties.

I don't know about anyone else, but it's kinda worrying that this game looks even worse than Minecraft. The insanely bad lightning, the completely out of place animations, the bad models (funny considering that the regular MC models consist of a maximum of 10 boxes), shiny textures of literally everything... I mean, how the fuck can you fuck something up this hard? Except for the VA, it's worse than many amateur 3D animations you can find on youtube.

And I'm no fan of any of the Telltale games (besides Sam and Max), but I would say it's a really freaking dick move to take up another project while they have several other projects open. They aren't making regular games. They are making episodic games, so people are forced to wait even more for the conclusion of the story. Unlike lets say Mario or Zelda, where each game is a game on its own, those games heavily rely on the previous and next game to make it work. If you're gonna make episodes, then better make them damn fast and don't make your fans waiting.

I'm on the fence. Minecraft was too much of a sandbox with no plot or canon, and seeing a "Story" take place raises too many questions.

Well...I think we can all finally admit TellTale is spiraling the drain. I mean this is just desperate and sad. Before long we'll have TellTale presents Pac-Man: The Untold Angsty Story and Pong: It's About Sadness and Making Choices

But then again TellTale peaked at SBCG4AP, so I'm not overly shocked this is how they choose to go out. they've always been about leaching onto a popular franchise for name recognition. They did it with Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, so it makes sense they'll do it with MineCraft.
Just be glad they didn't make a League of Legends or Pokemon game.

I'm trying to decide if I should buy this or not. That soundtrack is amazing, but I'm still really unsure about Minecraft having a serious story.

Silentpony:
Before long we'll have TellTale presents Pac-Man: The Untold Angsty Story and Pong: It's About Sadness and Making Choices

Don't forget Tetris: Search for the Straight Block, where you have to track the elusive bastard down, before the world is filled and all hope is lost!

I find Telltale games... well dumb.

This confuses me greatly. Why did someone decide this should be a thing? Touting it as Minecraft: Story Mode kinda goes against the essence of Minecraft, which (at least in my eyes) should never have any kind of official canon. It is THE quintessential sandbox which thrives on letting players decide for themselves what the 'canon' is for them. Does it take place in the past, present or future? On another planet, on earth or some fantasy world? Those are all choices that the player can make to immerse themselves in whatever world they want. It's Minecraft's biggest strength and the reason it has remained king since it came along.

Elfgore:
I'm trying to decide if I should buy this or not. That soundtrack is amazing, but I'm still really unsure about Minecraft having a serious story.

This is probably the only time I wish I could buy just a single episode on the pc. I want to give it a shot because its weird enough to possibly work, but I really don't want to spend 25 bucks on what could be a dud. If I could just buy the first episode I'd be all over it. As it stands I'm definitely in the wait and see bracket.

Zontar:

WolvDragon:

I'm pretty sure TWD season 3 is being handled by a different team at TTG, and why would this make you mad? There are people are gonna like The new Minecraft game, let them enjoy their fun.

Simple, allocation of resources. Every person working on this is someone who isn't working on one of the 4 other active series they have that people are waiting for, to say nothing of the fact that they've pushed back the release of some of said series due to the fact they don't want to flood the market by having releases that are too close to each other.

People may find this game fun, but they're definitely outnumbered by those who like me will have to wait longer for games we've been waiting for because of one no one asked for. At least TWD, Wolf, GoT and Borderlands all had people actively asking why no story driven games had been made for them before they where announced. Minecraft was not one of those properties.

Is The Wolf Among Us, really an active series anyway? Was season 2 or any new content teased recently?

shintakie10:

Elfgore:
I'm trying to decide if I should buy this or not. That soundtrack is amazing, but I'm still really unsure about Minecraft having a serious story.

This is probably the only time I wish I could buy just a single episode on the pc. I want to give it a shot because its weird enough to possibly work, but I really don't want to spend 25 bucks on what could be a dud. If I could just buy the first episode I'd be all over it. As it stands I'm definitely in the wait and see bracket.

Eh, the first episode of Borderlands was apparently really good, and then it just dropped in quality as people realized they were just playing a reskin of the GoT one.

This... doesn't look great. Also, telltale seem to be spreading themselves extremely thin right now, should we be expecting episodes twice a year from now on? I wish they'd just concentrate on one thing at a time, get an episode out once a month and then move on to a new project. The engine was looking particularly buggy in the last tales from the borderlands which is impressive if you consider how fucking devoid of gameplay it is.

sigh... this looks like the beginning of a fall from grace.

While it seems to me that the route the "story" here is going for (seemingly being about people playing Minecraft, and not a story set in the world of Minecraft) is the best option they can go with for this, I still, like many of you here, don't have high hopes for this.

And there's a loss in charm when the main character isn't playing as the standard Steve model.

Redryhno:

shintakie10:

Elfgore:
I'm trying to decide if I should buy this or not. That soundtrack is amazing, but I'm still really unsure about Minecraft having a serious story.

This is probably the only time I wish I could buy just a single episode on the pc. I want to give it a shot because its weird enough to possibly work, but I really don't want to spend 25 bucks on what could be a dud. If I could just buy the first episode I'd be all over it. As it stands I'm definitely in the wait and see bracket.

Eh, the first episode of Borderlands was apparently really good, and then it just dropped in quality as people realized they were just playing a reskin of the GoT one.

What are you talking about? The Borderlands ones have been the absolute best they've done since Walking Dead season 1.

What person gave you the impression that they've gone down in quality since episode 1 cause they're totally wrong.

shintakie10:

Redryhno:

shintakie10:

This is probably the only time I wish I could buy just a single episode on the pc. I want to give it a shot because its weird enough to possibly work, but I really don't want to spend 25 bucks on what could be a dud. If I could just buy the first episode I'd be all over it. As it stands I'm definitely in the wait and see bracket.

Eh, the first episode of Borderlands was apparently really good, and then it just dropped in quality as people realized they were just playing a reskin of the GoT one.

What are you talking about? The Borderlands ones have been the absolute best they've done since Walking Dead season 1.

What person gave you the impression that they've gone down in quality since episode 1 cause they're totally wrong.

Well, there's at least two of the three Co-Optional people, one of my roommates, half a dozen streams I've wandered around in....I'd say I've got a pretty decent metric to say that. And I never really cared for TWD besides the ending actually being different than normal, so saying that it's as good as that really doesn't sell it for me.

WolvDragon:

Is The Wolf Among Us, really an active series anyway? Was season 2 or any new content teased recently?

I'm not sure if it was teased, but the sales numbers are strong enough that one would think that a second season would happen (it's not as though the source material is lacking), and even if it was no longer active that would still mean 3 active series on top of this one.

I'm feeling very torn on this one... On one hand, it's tell-tale and they haven't failed to please me with any of their games yet and alot of the criticism being thrown at the game I feel is just troll's calling the game "retarded looking" or some other childish quip. However, I do feel that the fanbase that isn't liking the look of this does have a point,for me I think the thing killing it for me is the animation, I understand it's a custom engine, but wow, compare it to the animations of "amateur" youtubers, the difference is ridiculous. I'll wait for the game to come out and hear reviews and general consensus, but I am highly skeptical of this particular tell-tale game.

Ahhh, another interactive story where your choices don't matter and is built using a aged and buggy game engine. Kudos Telltale, kudos.

I... I don't know how to feel about this.

The problem is that on all surfaces this game looks and sounds stupid. Minecraft Story Mode is the sort of thing that you would normally hear EA or some app developer announce in a desperate cash grab. Minecraft has never really ever had a story, to the point where the only documented lore at all in game is the ending screen which was added in just before it was realised I believe. It was basically just a screen that said "Congrats, you win! You killed a dragon!"

But it's Telltale making this, and by god do they make good games. I do hate the sort of episodic nature of all of these narrative games that are coming out now but I'm glad they're making a resurgence (Dreamfall, Life is Strange, ALL TELLTALE EVER), so now we just have to wait until Telltale make another Sam and Max because those games are the shit.

The biggest thing that kills this game for me is that fact that Minecraft simply doesn't lend itself well to making a story game. It's almost always the same with stories set in Minecraft - it could be set in generic fantasy world #21, but because it is in Minecraft it's just going to have the same art style as Minecraft, the same mobs and make constant references to Minecraft things. So instead of the generic fantasy character cutting down a tree to block the road and setting a bomb behind it, the Minecraft character will cut down a tree and point out the lack of gravity before putting a TNT block down and sprinkling redstone up to it. There's no actual difference besides the fact that every story you'll ever see goes out of it's way to make references to Minecraft because there's nothing else to actually connect the story to Minecraft!

Also, something that seems to be happening is that the characters are not actually characters but people playing Minecraft. I'm also on the fence about this because it could be done well but also is most likely to fail and burn. I can see it being amusing and interesting if it turns out that this whole story is them just RPing it out, or if you have to actually log out and do something in real life to deal with the issue. That'd be some cool shit.

But they could also just go down the route of saying they are playing and then fucking it up completely by having it never come up apart from when they just want to break the fourth wall and be all funny and meta. It also means the story has way less importance when you are just playing Minecraft, though they would inevitably just make it so you can't respawn due to hardcore mode or some crap, which then begs the question of why have it not just be the characters in the first place?

Argh. I'm torn.

Zontar:

WolvDragon:

I'm pretty sure TWD season 3 is being handled by a different team at TTG, and why would this make you mad? There are people are gonna like The new Minecraft game, let them enjoy their fun.

Simple, allocation of resources. Every person working on this is someone who isn't working on one of the 4 other active series they have that people are waiting for, to say nothing of the fact that they've pushed back the release of some of said series due to the fact they don't want to flood the market by having releases that are too close to each other.

People may find this game fun, but they're definitely outnumbered by those who like me will have to wait longer for games we've been waiting for because of one no one asked for. At least TWD, Wolf, GoT and Borderlands all had people actively asking why no story driven games had been made for them before they where announced. Minecraft was not one of those properties.

Honestly, you can't just throw more people at a problem and arbitrarily speed up production. Depending on what's being worked on, production bottlenecks, organusational problems, and more complex team dynamics can cause a larger team to sumply undermine a project, rather than improve, or speed it up.
Rhias is doubly true if yoi pile on a bunch of extra people partway through a project.

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