Unless you have been living internet free for the last decade, you will know what Minecraft is, and probably even played on a Minecraft server and created your own world to enjoy. Its taken the world by storm and become one of the most played games of all time, giving you complete freedom to shape the world around you, find hidden secrets and have fun alone or with friends. While playing on a Minecraft server is as popular as ever, a new game is coming in 2023 that takes the style and biome worlds you know and love in an entirely new direction.
It's not replacing Minecraft, instead it is adding a new way to have fun in the Minecraft universe, and that game is called Minecraft Legends. Recently announced, like everything Minecraft it attracted a lot of interest and excitement, with a short video telling the story of the world, the danger of the Piglins and how you, as the hero, will take on the challenge to save the Overworld.
But what is it, and why should you be excited about it?
What is Minecraft Legends?
A new game from the makers of Minecraft, Mojang Studios, Minecraft Legends is an action strategy game that features new but very familiar biomes to search and explore, all with the same block style as the Minecraft server game we all know and love. It was announced during the Xbox showcase on June 12, 2022 and looks set to add a different dimension of gameplay for Minecraft server players.
The game allows you to go solo or team up with friends to save the Overworld as this once lush land is now on the verge of destruction. Build a village, explore for resources, recruit friendly allies and fight off the Piglin attackers and the nether corruption they bring with them, its fast paced and exciting, giving you a completely new way to experience the Minecraft universe.
This is not the first game to build on the popularity of the original Minecraft server game, with Minecraft Dungeons being released in 2020, a point and click dungeon hack and slash game. Minecraft Legends offers a completely new approach, taking Minecraft to an entirely new game genre.
What is it like to play?
Unfortunately, with very limited information available so far, we know very little about gameplay, however the video that accompanied the announcement did give a few clues. It tells the story of the Overworld, how the Piglins arrived and began their journey of destruction through the lush biomes, and then switches to your character, the hero of the story.
We see the hero riding a mount and commanding an army of creepers, zombies and skeletons to take on a Piglin settlement of some kind. We also see a building sample, where the hero builds some walls around a settlement. Creating bases, amassing an army and leading them into battle seems to be the way the game works, but we do now how it is played.
One thing that is very clear is that you will spend plenty of time on your trusty steed charging around the Overworld, whether exploring, gathering resources, recruiting an army or fighting, your hero will do so from horseback. What we don’t know yet is how we will control all of this action, the way we recruit mobs and so on. With so many things to do and a whole world to explore, as well as building castles and everything else, there is definitely still a lot to learn about the gameplay. Like any good Minecraft server, we will explore new parts as we find them.
You can play on your own against the world, join up with other players to take on bigger challenges, or fight against other players to secure your own piece of the Overworld. Like a Minecraft server, you can play whichever style you want, and with so many different mobs to work with, is sure to offer a wide range of strategy choices to suit your favorite way to play these type of games.
We do know that Mojang Studios have a history of making solid multiplayer experiences, with the way a Minecraft server supports many players, and the co op experience in the Minecraft Dungeons games both being excellent, and we can expect the Minecraft Legends game to offer the same, whether playing cooperatively with others or fighting them PvP style.
When can I play it?
Announced at the recent Xbox showcase in June 2022, Minecraft Legends is set for release some time in 2023. While Mojang Studios left the date open, other sites have narrowed it down a little, with some in the industry suggesting it will be available in the first half of 2023. This is because the showcase was claimed to focus only on games being released within 12 months of the announcement, which would make the latest release of Minecraft Legends to be June 2023.
However, with no formal announcement of any date, we will have to wait and see.
What does it mean for Minecraft?
The Minecraft game we all love is not being replaced, in fact, 1.19 just released and brought with it new mobs and challenges as well as one new biome and one completely rejuvenated one. Minecraft continues to be as popular as ever, and you can find a Minecraft server and play the game with friends just as easily as ever.
Like Dungeons, Minecraft Legends is an addition to the range, a way to enjoy the rich world that Minecraft has created in a different way. It will appeal to existing Minecraft players and completely new players too, and with the quality we have come to expect from Mojang, is sure to be a fantastic game when it arrives.
Right now, we may know little about the game, but everything we have seen so far loos very promising, and I don’t know about everyone else, but leading a massed army of creepers, skeletons and zombies against my enemies sounds like a game I am going to enjoy. A lot.