Telltale Games' point and click substitution for Minecraft's singleplayer dubbed Minecraft: Story Mode, has officially launched on Netflix as a streaming title, and while the company may not be around to cut the tape, their legacy remains.
Much like the remainder of Telltale's repertoire, Minecraft: Story Mode comes in episodic format. Netflix currently has three episodes on offer - The Order of the Stone, Assembly Required and The Last Place You Look, with another two scheduled to launch in December 2018.
We're basically talking about Netflix streaming with interactive elements, so you'll be needing a pair of eyes and a controller to highlight the choices with. This means that Minecraft: Story Mode will run on anything that can run the service, i.e. pretty much everything.
Most folks know Telltale from their flagship game The Walking Dead though, so you should know that Minecraft: Story Mode has very little in common with the rest of its in-house colleagues. This is especially the case with The Walking Dead, whose atmosphere is the exact polar opposite to Minecraft's whimsical, blocky landscapes and bright, jolly colour schemes.
Telltale ultimately went with the story of a devoted Minecraft greenhorn called Jesse, who along with a few buddies embarks on a bunch of quests across the world of Minecraft. The team made sure that Minecraft: Story Mode is based on actual Minecraft locations, albeit some of them are a bit tricky to reach in the regular version of the game.
Unfortunately, Minecraft: Story Mode didn't make the mark the dev hoped it would, neither critically nor financially, although you could say that for just about every Telltale game that tried to emulate the success of the first The Walking Dead. There were even some doubts whether it will be finished after the abrupt announcement of Telltale closing down, but it seems to have been the company's last hoorah.
At the same time, the differences between The Walking Dead and Minecraft: Story Mode show that a well developed universe makes storytelling infinitely easier since the stories practically write themselves.