For the first time since the original, a new `Minecraft` game is in the works — and it`s arriving in 2019 from Ayman's blog

Minecraft Dungeons

  • For the first time since the original "Minecraft," the series is getting a new entry.
  • It`s not a sequel — the game is named "Minecraft: Dungeons," and it`s a dungeon crawler along the lines of "Diablo."
  • "Minecraft: Dungeons" is scheduled to arrive on PC in 2019. It`s not clear when it will come to other platforms.

For the first time since "Minecraft" arrived in 2011, a new entry in the series is in the works from the same studio that created the original. It`s named "Minecraft: Dungeons" — it was revealed on Saturday during an annual "Minecraft" live broadcast known as Minecon Earth 2018.

From what we`ve seen so far, it looks like a very "Minecraft-y" version of beloved classics like "Diablo." It sounds lke that, too! 

"Dungeons" is described as, "an all-new action-adventure game inspired by classic dungeon crawlers," in its announcement. Alone, or with a group of up to four friends, you`ll tackle, "a ruthless swarm of new-and-nasty mobs" in a variety of locations: "canyons, swamps and — of course — mines." 

Minecraft Dungeons

The game is said to be a passion project for the folks at Mojang — the Swedish studio that was founded to create the original "Minecraft." It`s the first of several new initiatives within Mojang aimed at expanding the universe of "Minecraft."

Unlike "Minecraft," the focus in "Minecraft: Dungeons" is action. 

"We wanted to focus on making sure that we made the dungeon crawler part as good as possible," Mojang creative lead Jens Bergentsen told me in a phone interview last week. 

To that end, don`t expect to see a lot of the usual mining and crafting. 

"I would say that it`s a distilled version of `Minecraft,`" Bergentsen said. "Building in the game is something that we`ve talked about a lot, but we were concerned that it would distract from what the game was about. So in `Minecraft Dungeons,` it`s strictly an adventure game with a story attached to it."

The game is scheduled to arrive on PC first in 2019 — a beta will precede its arrival, but don`t expect anything like the soft launch "Minecraft" had. "Minecraft: Dungeons" is getting a relatively standard beta before a "traditional" release, we`re told. 

Check out the game`s debut trailer right here:

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