When Minecraft was thrust onto the scene many moons ago in its alpha and beta forms, it almost instantly resonated with both the older and younger generations alike. Now, a number of years later, it hasn’t dipped in popularity, becoming more and more accessible due to its launch on a variety of platforms. Mojang saw to capitalize on its polarity and has created a whole new Minecraft experience for fans to enjoy; Minecraft: Dungeons.
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What is Minecraft: Dungeons?
If you’re unsure on what Minecraft: Dungeons actually is, no, it’s not a DLC for the traditional Minecraft game that everyone knows and loves, it’s a whole new experience that is a rather radical departure from the gameplay mechanics of the original.
As alluded to by the actual name of the game, Minecraft: Dungeons is essentially a dungeon crawling experience similar to that of Diablo and Torchlight 2. You’ll be thrown into a variety of different underground environments to battle it out against a variety of enemies in an effort to secure that sweet loot.
Minecraft: Dungeons Release Date
After it was announced that Minecraft: Dungeons was to miss its initial release date of April 2020, many fans wondered when Minecraft: Dungeons will be released. Thankfully Mojang has confirmed that it will be launching on May 26th for all available hardware.
You’ll be able to pick Minecraft: Dungeons up on a variety of platforms including Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Windows, and Xbox One. For those who are Xbox Game Pass subscribers, you’ll get this completely free of charge, another great addition to the ever-expanding Game Pass library.
However, if you don’t have a Game Pass subscription, you can secure Minecraft: Dungeons in two forms – Standard Edition and Hero Edition. The Standard Edition retails at $19.99 and The Hero Edition comes in at $29.99. For the extra $10, you’ll receive a Hero Pass which includes Hero Cape, two-player skins, and a chicken pet. You’ll also have access to two upcoming DLC packs when they are released in the near future.
There has been no word on whether Minecraft Dungeon’s will take the leap into next-gen, but it’s safe to assume that you’ll be able to play it on the Xbox Series X due to the backward compatibility nature of the console and Game Pass subscriptions being passed over.
Are there classes in Minecraft Dungeons?
This is a slightly tricky answer as Minecraft: Dungeons offers up a slightly different take on the traditional class system found in the vast majority of dungeon crawlers on the market. This switch sees you not selecting a class like mage, ranger, or warrior and instead, using items known as artifacts to mold your character to your requested playstyle. These artifacts come in many forms, and in addition, slotting enchantments into acquired weapons, allowing poison clouds amongst a variety of other powerful attributes, further refining your ‘class’.
Is there multiplayer in Minecraft: Dungeons?
The short answer is yes. You’ll be able to crawl those blocky dungeons either in up to four-player couch co-op or online over the multiplayer service on the platform of your choice. You might have expected a much larger pool with the online capabilities of today but due to the dungeon nature of the game, it doesn’t offer the wide-open, infinite terrain the original Minecraft possessed, limiting the room.
What mobs will you fight in Minecraft: Dungeons?
Fans of Minecraft will be happy that original mobs will be returning with the likes of skeletons, zombies, and spiders making a comeback. A bunch of other enemies, including bosses, will enter the Minecraft dungeon domain so keep a lookout for those fresh adversaries.
How does loot work in Minecraft Dungeons?
Similar to the vast majority of dungeon crawlers, Minecraft: Dungeons uses a drop based loot system in which when you kill an enemy, there’s a chance they’ll drop weapons and armor. Moreover, you’ll get the chance to unlock a few chests along the way, usually offering some of the better loot on show.
Looking more closely at the loot we can see that it certainly isn’t one dimensional. Yes, you can get basic bows, swords, and more but you can fully customize them with the aforementioned enchantments. Additionally, loot drops can sometimes come in the form of named weapons and armor which are unique drops that already come pre-enchanted and have special stats.
We’re very excited to get our hands on Minecraft: Dungeons and get looting! If there is any more information that drops before the release date we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop!