You probably can’t imagine Minecraft other than a huge world full of possibilities, but chances are it’s going to be a strategy game.
It seems rather unfortunate that in this modern era of gaming there isn’t much room left for real-time strategy titles. Games are still being made, of course, and there are many excellent RTS titles, but as a genre, it doesn’t seem to be in the limelight it once did. However, it still holds up, and it may even enjoy a bit of a resurgence at some point as it becomes apparent that Minecraft can turn into a real-time strategy game.
So says ex-editor and co-founder of Giant Bomb, Jeff Gerstmann. In a recent Twitch stream, as noted by Gaming Bolt, Gerstmann said that the Minecraft team is currently working on an RTS spin-off. Some details suggest it will give players the ability to control a Steve-esque character or unit, and will likely fight pigs and possibly other enemies. There will also be some cutscenes, as well as a story element. Microsoft is apparently also testing it, with the spin-off being developed under a codename, but it’s clear that if the game is real it’s not ready yet.
Considering that Minecraft is one of the most profitable video games of all time, with a long life span, many probably can’t even imagine it as anything but a sprawling world where users can build whatever their imaginations desire. In fact, at over ten years old, some younger gamers have grown up with it, so it may seem unusual for some to see a spin-off taking place on an isometric field, with strategy involved. In the video below, the discussion about the RTS game starts around 1:19:35.
That said, there have been a number of differing views on the old format. There’s the dungeon crawler of 2020 Minecraft Dungeonsnot to mention Telltale Games’ Minecraft: Story Mode, which was released in 2015. While the former was well received, the latter didn’t seem to strike such a chord. However, they both show that it is possible to take Mojang’s open world sandbox IP and turn it into something else. Perhaps a real-time strategy game isn’t so far-fetched. However, it should be noted that this has not yet been confirmed by Mojang or Microsoft.
If that’s true, many fans will likely be interested in checking out this spin-off, whether they’re experienced in the genre or not. There are a number of RTS games that are perfect for newbies, such as: Age of Empires 2 or Halo Warsso as a strategy version of Minecraft is on the way, this might be a good time to practice.
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Source: Gaming Bolt