Mojang Studios unveils action-strategy game Minecraft Legends, launches 2023

What do you want to know

  • Mojang Studios has announced its next chapter for the Minecraft franchise, titled Minecraft Legends.
  • Minecraft Legends is an action-strategy game set in the blocky universe, developed in partnership with Blackbird Interactive.
  • The upcoming title is set to release sometime in 2023 and will come to Xbox and PC consoles, Game Pass, and Xbox Cloud Gaming.

The Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase is in full swing, and gamers around the world have plenty of surprises in store. One of the most shocking revelations from the event so far was the appearance of Mojang Studios and global phenomenon Minecraft. Partnering with acclaimed indie developer Blackbird Interactive, the Minecraft franchise is expanding again, this time into real-time strategy games.

Minecraft Legends showed off its reveal trailer during the Xbox Extended Showcase, showcasing how Minecraft fits into the brand new genre of video games. Minecraft has already extended its reach in the past, with Mojang Studios and Double Eleven delivering the critically acclaimed and still growing Minecraft Dungeons, and Blackbird Interactive previously working with Mojang Studios on the now defunct Minecraft Earth.

Minecraft Legends executive producer Dennis Ries said in a Press release (opens in a new tab) that players will discover “a sweet land, both familiar and mysterious, full of lush biomes and rich resources”, when they enter the world of Minecraft Legends. With an invasion of pigs threatening to take over the Overworld, players will team up to defeat them.

Mojang has confirmed that Minecraft Legends will feature online campaign co-op and competitive multiplayer, though the studio hasn’t detailed what its multiplayer will be. The team will share more details later this year. Will Minecraft Legends join its elders among the best Xbox games? We can’t wait to find out.

Minecraft Live doesn’t yet have a firm release date and is expected to arrive sometime in 2023. Minecraft Legends is confirmed for Xbox, PC, PlayStation, and Switch, preserving Mojang Studios’ commitment to cross-platform support. It’s also launching day one in Xbox and PC Game Pass, and Xbox Cloud Gaming.

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