Nobody expected Telltale to announce a "narrative driven" take on Minecraft this morning. Thing is, while seemingly everyone loves playing Minecraft, nobody is playing the game because of the story. That's exactly what's causing the partnership between Telltale and Minecraft to look like it's coming from left field.
While Telltale's track record with games like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones inspires some confidence that they can pull it off, the Minecraft announcement was still met with much confusion, cynicism, and snark. Oh, and jokes. People made lots and lots of jokes this morning following the Telltale announcement. Don't get me wrong: some people are definitely looking forward to the Teltalle Minecraft game. But mostly, people seem to collectively be going "WTF?"
Here's some of what the internet had to say about Minecraft's upcoming story mode:
I hope telltale picks up the rights to my other favorite microsoft products, like calculator and windows NT advanced server
— ⛄ fulfillment center (@vogon) December 18, 2014
*looks at 100 ft diamond-encrusted gold penis I made in Minecraft* "God this would make for a great episodic adventure game."
— Chris Person (@Papapishu) December 18, 2014
Minecraft Story Mode? Is this a joke???
— Firu/Stow (@yotsalis) December 18, 2014
On the positive side, at least Telltale's engine will be able to handle the Minecraft aesthetic. Also, no badly attempted mouth animations.
— Matthew Carter (@MattnaCarta) December 18, 2014
Small child is excited to receive Minecraft: Story Mode. Turns it on and is baffled. "Mom, what's with all these frogs and fractions?"
— Robert Boyd (@werezompire) December 18, 2014
Saw the Minecraft: Story Mode announcement. Got excited. Hopped online & saw that everyone hates it? Surprised people are so closed-minded.
— Justin Davis (@ErrorJustin) December 18, 2014
Also, Telltale + Minecraft is a sign that Microsoft is all-in on growing the brand in smart ways. Think what Disney's doing with Star Wars.
— Marty Sliva (@McBiggitty) December 18, 2014
making a (presumably kid-friendly) minecraft game seems like a good move on Telltale's part since most of their current series are v. adult
— Alex (@elenielstorm) December 18, 2014
minecraft game by telltale? haha *time slows down* haaahhhaaa *time slows down* HhhAAaaAAaaAAhhHHhH *time slows down* AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH
— tortoiseontour (@tortoiseontour) December 18, 2014
Is the idea of a Telltale Minecraft game weird? Good. Welcome to games. That such an on-paper stupid idea is being attempted is wonderful.
— JimFnSterlingSon (@JimSterling) December 18, 2014
E3 2015 gabe newell takes stage Half Life logo *crowd explodes* "Valve is pleased to announce" "Telltale Games: Tales from Half Life"
— Nick Capozzoli (@NickCapozzoli) December 18, 2014
Telltale presents: Sega Bass Fishing. *attaches bait* *casts off* *lands fish* 'The bass will forget that.'
— Simon Parkin (@SimonParkin) December 18, 2014
I'm honestly interested to see how Telltale Games handle this Minecraft game that they're producing. Should be interesting to say the least.
— dASHer (@Ash_Harrison8) December 18, 2014
it's a pretty strange for telltale games to choose their next game to be mine freakin craft,not that it might be bad,it just feels strange.
— Mish3l Al-bin3li (@boogieface101) December 18, 2014
WHAT TELLTALE GAMES IS MAKING A GAME ABOUT MINECRAFT? YASSSSSSSSSS!
— Telltale_Clem (@Clem_Walker) December 18, 2014
>Telltale is making a Minecraft game pic.twitter.com/YerlDS5yvW
— Frostsamurai (@Frost_Samurai) December 18, 2014
Tell tale are making a new minecraft game mode Wait what
— connorstrattonewman (@CStrattonewman) December 18, 2014
Telltale the sky is the limit here and making an episodic game about Minecraft is the fucking edge of the universe.
— Charlie Brierley (@KatharisOG) December 18, 2014
Minecraft Story Mode: A Telltale Game Series ...didn't see that one coming.
— GioRawr! (@GioSpy) December 18, 2014
What on earth are Telltale going to make an episodic adventure game out of next? Football Manager?
— Michael Ho-Ho-Hones (@Ognawk) December 18, 2014
telltale is making a minecraft story mode and i'm not ashamed to say that actually sounds really cool
— bridget❄️ (@bridgesquid) December 18, 2014
Telltale's Goat Simulator. Telltale's Pacman. Telltale's Jogo da vida.
— Bruno Bianchi (@BrunoBianchi23) December 18, 2014
Uhhh, telltale minecraft game...? wut.
— Tip-C (@TipseeCake) December 18, 2014
My thoughts on the Minecraft/Telltale collaboration: Why?
— Tony Polanco (@Romudeth) December 18, 2014
In more positive things, whoa. TellTale is going to do Minecraft next, huh? And we thought Borderlands was left field.
— Eddy Fettig (@D3stiny_Sm4sher) December 18, 2014
Telltale Games presents, Frogger: Tales From The Highway.
— D. M. Gilchrist (@DMGilchrist) December 18, 2014
It's like Telltale just wants to ride on successful franchises' coattails. Could only imagine what they'd do if given access to Nintendo IP.
— Sabrewing (@sabeythang) December 18, 2014
I can't believe there is going to be a Minecraft Telltale game.
— Amanda-Jane Teevin (@AJTeevin) December 18, 2014
Telltale and Minecraft together is gonna be interesting
— Scratch ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ (@CIawtastic) December 18, 2014
Minecraft: Story Mode sounds pretty bad tbh
— SupremoPete (@SupremoPete) December 18, 2014
TELLTALE GAME SERIES ON MINECRAFT WHAT
— (Not) Jared❄️Frost (@Bunbunnyny) December 18, 2014
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