Train2Game News Double Eleven Working On Minecraft Dungeons

Developer and publisher Double Eleven announced today their ongoing partnership with Mojang on the development of its upcoming dungeon crawling action-adventure game Minecraft Dungeons, a standalone game from the hugely successful Minecraft franchise.

Double Eleven’s role in the development of Minecraft Dungeons is focused around developing the console editions of the project with Mojang, content creation and helping develop the game’s underlying online and multiplayer systems, all with the goal of creating the best possible player experience for the groundbreaking title, which is due to be released for PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in 2020.

“It’s a real honour to help with the creation of such an exciting, high-profile release as Minecraft Dungeons”, said Lee Hutchinson, founder and CEO of Double Eleven. “This December will mark Double Eleven’s 10th anniversary, and in that time we’ve developed a track record of technical expertise and creativity. This milestone highlights the next phase of the team’s expansion, and we’ve got more exciting announcements still to come this year.”

“We’re thrilled to have found a partner that shares our passion for creating great games, and we’re looking forward to working closely with Double Eleven to bring Minecraft Dungeons to a wide range of platforms,” said David Nisshagen, Executive Producer at Mojang. “We’re excited to watch our passion project continue to grow, and Double Eleven’s expertise and dedication will help us create a high-quality experience for our community.”

Double Eleven are one of the United Kingdom’s key providers of development and publishing services to the videogame industry, delivering full-service visual and development solutions from initial concept to production, development, publishing and post-release support. Headquartered in Middlesbrough, Teesside in the North-East of England, Double Eleven has a team approaching 100 developers, investing heavily in people and infrastructure, avoiding the pitfalls of crunch to give staff a positive work-life balance.

Double Eleven are recognised for their work as a development and publishing partner for the console releases of Goat Simulator, Prison Architect as well as a co-development partner on Crackdown 3. It was awarded one of the best places to work in the Gamesindustry.biz Best Places To Work Awards two years running in 2017 and 2018.

To find out more about Double Eleven visit their site.

Train2Game News Minecraft Story Mode

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Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, and world-renowned game developer Mojang, today released the world premiere episode for  Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series.

Episode 1: ‘The Order of the Stone,’ the first of five episodes in the season, is available digitally worldwide today on PC and Mac from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, and on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One® and Xbox 360®. The season premiere will be available for compatible iOS devices via the App Store and for compatible Android-based devices via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore starting this Thursday, October 15th. The series will also be coming to Wii U and PlayStation Vita.

Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series  season pass disc will be available at retail in North America on Tuesday, October 27th, and in Europe onFriday, October 30th. Retail platforms at launch will include Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 in North America; and PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 in Europe. The retail edition of  Minecraft: Story Mode will ship with the premiere episode on the disc, and will grant access to the subsequent four episodes in the season as they become available to download via online updates.

In  Minecraft: Story Mode , playing as either a male or female hero named ‘Jesse,’ you’ll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, Jesse’s friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.

The season will feature  Patton Oswalt as male Jesse,  Catherine Taber as female Jesse,  Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Billy West, John Hodgman, and  Paul Reubens. The launch trailer features behind the scenes interviews with the cast about the all-new series.

Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series – Episode 1: ‘The Order of the Stone’  is rated ‘E10+’ (Everyone 10+) for Fantasy Violence and Mild Language by the ESRB. Future content in the season is yet to be rated by the ESRB.

The series is published by Telltale Games in partnership with Mojang.

Train2Game News Minecraft Story Mode launch date

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Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, and world-renowned game developer Mojang, today revealed the world premiere details for  Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series.

Episode 1: ‘The Order of the Stone,’ the first of five episodes in the season, will premiere digitally worldwide on Tuesday, October 13th this year. The episode will be available at launch on PC and Mac from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, and on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One® and Xbox 360®. The season premiere will be available for compatible iOS devices via the App Store and for compatible Android-based devices via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore starting Thursday, October 15th. The series will also be coming to Wii U and PlayStation Vita.

Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series season pass disc will be available at retail in North America on Tuesday, October 27th, and in Europe onFriday, October 30th. Retail platforms at launch will include Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 in North America; and PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 in Europe. The retail edition of  Minecraft: Story Mode will ship with the premiere episode on the disc, and will grant access to the subsequent four episodes in the season as they become available to download via online updates.

In  Minecraft: Story Mode, playing as either a male or female hero named ‘Jesse,’ you’ll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, Jesse’s friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.

The season will feature  Patton Oswalt as male Jesse,  Catherine Taber as female Jesse,  Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Billy West, and  Paul Reubens. Additional casting details for the season are yet to be announced.

“Developed in partnership with our friends at Mojang, this all-ages adventure series kicks off a thrilling story full of many elements essential to the world of Minecraft, combined with Telltale’s trademark choice-based gameplay,” said Kevin Bruner, CEO and co-founder of Telltale Games.  “There are plenty of exciting details we’ve been keeping under wraps, and we’re thrilled that players will soon be starting their own adventure through the Nether to the Farlands and beyond with Jesse and The Order of the Stone.”

“One of the greatest things about this project is that it gives the community a chance to interact with the world of Minecraft in a new and different way. It also marks the beginning of some exciting narrative-form content based on our game,”  said Lydia Winters, Brand Director at Mojang.  “We worked directly with Telltale on every step of the process. Together we’ve created a blend of the amazing narratives that Telltale creates with all the fun and adventure you know and love from Minecraft. It’s got everything: creepers, crafting, an incredible cast of characters, and even an adorable pig. How awesome does that sound?”

Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series – Episode 1: ‘The Order of the Stone’  is rated ‘E10+’ (Everyone 10+) for Fantasy Violence and Mild Language by the ESRB. Future content in the season is yet to be rated by the ESRB. The series is published by Telltale Games in partnership with Mojang.

Train2Game News MineCon 2015 Record Winners

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GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, the global authority in record-breaking achievement presented MineCon with the Guinness World Records title Largest convention for a single video-game at MineCon 2015 and eight new titles were achieved at the  GWR Live! stand.

The first batch of tickets to MineCon 2015, were sold out within 12 minutes and the full allocation of 10,000 soon afterwards in March this year. The first MineCon in 2011 was attended by just 200 people and just like the game; its success has been meteoric with tickets now earning diamond ore status!

Guinness World Records brought the GWR Live! experience to MineCon 2015 where gamers could take part in the hourly live official record attempts. Over 1000 young gamers visited the stand and eight new Guinness World Records titles were achieved in physical attempts and on Minecraft pocket edition.

13 year old Jake Edwards achieved The most sand castles built in 3 minutes on minecraft pocket edition, creating 14 sandcastles and 12 year old Omar Siraj managed The most cobblestone collected in 3 minutes on minecraft pocket edition, collecting 137 cobblestonesl

Brothers Adrian and Darren Mo walked away with the Guinness World Record title for ‘Most soft toys caught blindfolded in 30 seconds (team of 2)’, managing to catch an impressive 11 Minecraft toys.

No one was able to break the record  for the  fastest time to stack 20 large LEGO bricks but there were some very close misses and the enthusiasm and dedication from the gamers  and excitement on taking part in actual live record attempts more than made up for it!

Lydia Winters, Brand Director at Mojang was excited to receive the Guinness World Records title and accepted the official certificate at the exciting opening ceremony.

Stephen Daultrey Editor of Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition said ‘For a multi-genre games convention to attract 10,000 fans is a big enough feat in itself. But for a convention dedicated to a single video-game to get that number is nothing short of astonishing. This record is testament to the incredible fandom around Minecraft and the game’s ability to unlock the imaginations of millions of gamers around the world.’

A must-have for all gamers the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Gamer’s Edition 2016 is available on 10 September 2015, £9.99 RRP.

Train2Game News Minecraft Story Mode

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As 2014 comes to a close, Telltale are delighted to confirm the partnership with Mojang to create a new episodic game series based on one of the most popular video games in history – Minecraft.

Minecraft: Story Mode will be an all-new narrative-driven game series developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang. Set in the world of Minecraft, the series will feature an original story, driven by player choice. It will not be an add-on for Minecraft, but rather a separate stand-alone product that will premiere in 2015 on consoles, computers and mobile devices.

Telltale’s game series will mix new characters with familiar themes, in an entirely original Minecraft experience, inspired by the Minecraft community and the game that continues to inspire a generation.

2014 is Telltale’s tenth anniversary year; seeing in the climactic finales of the critically acclaimed and best-selling The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead: Season Two. With the recent premieres of both Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands, their 2015 lineup will include the remainder of both of those new series, and now it will also include the premiere of Minecraft: Story Mode.

After ten years of making games, Telltale is JUST getting started!

Train2Game News Mojang sale to Microsoft Confirmed

MojangThe rumours have been confirmed and Mojang is selling to Microsoft for $2.5 Billion. So what does this mean for Minecraft and the company?

In a blog on www.Mojang.com the deal was confirmed today with a few details about the sale and the reasons why.

The main reason Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder of Mojang has decided to sell is that he feels that Minecraft and Mojang have become to big on a global scale. He has attempted to make smaller games again to no avail and he feels that is because he has had to spend to much time and energy focused on the global phenomenon that is Minecraft.

There are only a handful of potential buyers with the resources to grow Minecraft and Mojang have worked closely with Microsoft since 2012. They have been impressed by their continued dedication to the game and its development.

The other versions of Minecraft will still continue to run but as for what happens with future multiplatform projects is yet to be seen. That will be down to Microsoft to decide.

The founders: Notch, Carl, and Jakob are leaving Mojang with nothing confirmed of what they are going on to do.

The main points to take from this sale is that Minecraft will continue to evolve and thrive and that small project you are working on may net you $2.5 Billion.

Train2Game News: Minecraft Expo

MinecraftThe Minecraft Expo is heading to the UK this August and as many of the Train2Game students are Minecraft fans, it may be a good place to get together.

Taking place at the Insomnia 49 event between August 23 and 26, the event offers free to enter Minecraft game tournaments, Minecraft talks and presentations and an exhibition showcasing creations from the community.

There will also be costume competitions, creative build challenges for schools and a Minecraft Lounge.

Special guests currently include Youtube players – Yogscast and Mindcrack, Film makers – Hat Films and Minecraft builders – The NoxCrew.

“Each time we host an Insomnia event, the community amazes us with its passion, making each event bigger and better than the last,” said event organiser Multiplay CEO Craig Fletcher.

“With the runaway success of Minecraft, we’ve answered the call from devoted fans by creating the UK’s first Minecraft Expo, and we can think of no better place to host it, than the UK’s biggest gaming festival.”

The Insomnia event hosts a number of eSports tournaments, and to date organisers say more than 3,000 spaces have been reserved for ‘bring your own PC and Console’ tickets.

There will also be various development talks taking place at the event.

Up to 15,000 visitors are expected to attend, with over two million watching video streaming of the eSports events online.

Insomnia 49 and the Minecraft Expo will take place in Telford and the Telford International Centre, between August 23rd and 26th.

Visit the official website for more information.

Train2Game News: Mojang’s building blocks of hope for UN

Mojang is working with the UN to develop software that will involve young people in making changes in their home town

The new software, named Block By Block, uses the same principles as Mojangs Minecraft, giving young people a simple way to visualize the changes they want to make in the area where they live.

Minecraft building community Fyre UK has been enlisted to render the areas the project is interested in helping. Fyre UK is an English based community in Minecraft who make spectacular creations.

The three year partnership between the UN and Mojang starts with the renovation of Kibera in Nairobi. In those three years the hope is that they will improve hundreds of public spaces around the UN with the help of the young residents. It is not known which places will be using Block By Block as of yet. At this time we can only hope that the UK gets to benefit.

Mojang said “Block By Block aims to involve youth in the planning process in urban areas by giving them the opportunity to show planners and decision makers how they would like to see their cities in the future.”

“Minecraft has turned out to be the perfect tool to facilitate this process.”

“It has proven to be a great way to visualize urban planning ideas without necessarily having architectural training. The ideas presented by the citizens lay as a ground for political decisions.”

Mojang has already had some success with a similar programme called My Block in there native Sweden, allowing citizens to suggest changes for the towns they inhabit.

This is another example of how the software and hardware created in the games industry can do more than just entertain players, it can help around the world with ideas like this one.

Train2Game news: Notch worries his future projects could be “pointless and hollow”

Train2Game students will be aware of the huge success of Minecraft, the indie game created by Markus ‘Notch’ Persson which has now sold over 5.2 million copies.

Now Notch has stepped back from Minecraft,  the game now in the hands of Jens Bergensten,  in order to focus on other projects, but speaking to Eurogamer he revealed that whatever his next game is, he’s worried that it won’t even come close to topping his first big hit.

“It kind of feels like the level of cultural impact that Minecraft has had will be very difficult to replicate,” he said.

“It kind of feels like whatever I do next is never going to be as big. I’m kind of worried about everything feeling a bit pointless and hollow compared to the success of Minecraft.

“But I haven’t started on a large project since. Hopefully I won’t care. What I really want to do is programme. I want to be a programmer. So hopefully I can just focus on that aspect of it.” he added.

If you want to be a programmer, you can find out more about the Train2Game games developer course here. 

The Eurogamer piece also sees Notch discuss the impact the success of Minecraft has had on is life, and you can read it here.

Recently, The Train2Game Blog reported that Mojang hired developers from the Minecraft community. Meanwhile, earlier this year, Notch claimed that it’s easier to be an indie developer now than ever before.

There’s more Minecraft news here on The Train2Game Blog.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Notch’s comments? Can Mojang’s next game live up to the success of Minecraft? Do you think living up to the success of a previous title is something all game developers struggle with?

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Train2Game news: Mojang hire new developers from Minecraft community

Train2Game students might be very interested to hear that Minecraft developer Mojang has hired some new employees, and all of them are from the in-game community.

The four new Mojang employees all come from Bukkit, a community modding group focused on improving Minecraft servers.

The team “will work on improving both the server and the client to offer better official support for larger servers and server modifications.” posted Minecraft lead developer Jens Bergensten on the Mojang blog.

“The plan is to build a fresh server API, and then extend it to support client-side modding. We will try to make it easy for bukkit users to convert if they wish to do so, but backwards compatibility is not guaranteed.

“We will, however, help bukkit to be compatible with 1.2, to avoid having a long gap while you wait for the official Minecraft server to catch up.” he said, before adding that the main reason for the hires is to make Minecraft better.

“We hope that this will help the quality of Minecraft multi-player to improve, both for large and private family servers, while still being able to add fun stuff for the bigger audience.”

It serves as a reminder to Train2Game students about the benefits of modding. You can remind you about that throughout the Train2Game Blog.

Keep keeping The Train2Game Blog, for the latest news from Mojang.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Mojang hiring from the Minecraft community?

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[Source: Mojang]