Since acquiring Minecraft for $2.5 billion in 2014, the world’s most popular game (ever) has repaid Microsoft’s investment and then some. A part of Minecraft’s ongoing success has been Microsoft’s willingness to expand on the core game, whether that is with Minecraft Education or Minecraft Story Mode. Next in the expansion pipeline is Minecraft Legends, which now has an official launch date.
Minecraft Legends is one of the biggest first-party exclusives Microsoft has planned for this year. It was developed between Mojang Studios and Blackbird Interactive and will feature action and strategy-based gameplay.
At the Xbox Developer_Direct conference this week, Microsoft showed a six-minute trailer for the game and also announced it will launch on April 18. Furthermore, Microsoft also says that pre-orders for the game are now open.
During the presentation, the game developers discuss how the game was created and how it differs from the traditional building/exploring gameplay of standard Minecraft. For a start, Minecraft Legends is a multiplier PVP (player-vs-player) where people will compete against each other.
It also has an open-world environment for a single-player campaign, online co-op, and the PVP element.
The PVP component is what is getting many people interested in Minecraft Legends. Players from across platforms will be placed into two teams of four players in a procedurally generated world. Because each world is different the players will not know what they are getting each time and must collaborate and combine resources to defeat the opposing team.
Minecraft Legends will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Windows PCs, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch.
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