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Minecraft is getting a story-driven game from the studio behind The Walking Dead

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'The series will feature an original story, driven by player choice.'

Telltale Games just released the first episode in its new Game of Thrones series, and it's following up that game with a surprising new announcement: a narrative-driven game based on Minecraft. Called Minecraft: Story Mode, the game will be an episodic series that will debut at some point next year. "Set in the world of Minecraft, the series will feature an original story, driven by player choice," the studio explains. "It will not be an add-on for Minecraft, but rather a separate stand-alone product."

"It will be a cool game."

Telltale, which also developed The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, says the game's story will be "inspired by the Minecraft community." It may seem like a strange spin-off for a largely narrative-free game, but then again, a Minecraft movie is also in the works. There are few real details about the game, but it's being built in partnership with Minecraft creator Mojang, which was acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 billion back in September. "We're not intending on creating an 'official' story for Steve, or explaining the world of Minecraft in detail," says Mojang. "It will be a cool game."

Story Mode will be coming to unspecified "consoles, computers, and mobile devices" sometime next year.

Minecraft Story Mode