Mojang Studios unveils Minecraft Legends action-strategy game, launches 2023

Cover art for Minecraft Legends.
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What you need to know

  • Mojang Studios has announced its next chapter for the Minecraft franchise, titled Minecraft Legends.
  • Minecraft Legends is an action-strategy game set in the blocky universe, developed in partnership with Blackbird Interactive.
  • The upcoming title is slated to release at some point in 2023, and is coming to Xbox consoles and PC, Game Pass, and Xbox Cloud Gaming.

The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase is in full swing, and there are plenty of surprises in store for gamers everywhere. One of the most shocking reveals of the event so far has been the appearance of Mojang Studios and the global phenomenon Minecraft. In partnership with noted independent developer Blackbird Interactive, the Minecraft franchise is expanding once again, this time into real-time strategy games.

Minecraft Legends displayed its reveal trailer during the extended Xbox showcase, presenting how Minecraft is adapting to the brand-new genre of video games. Minecraft has already expanded its reach in the past, with Mojang Studios and Double Eleven delivering the critically-acclaimed and still-growing Minecraft Dungeons, and Blackbird Interactive previously working with Mojang Studios on the now-defunct Minecraft Earth.

Minecraft Legends executive producer Dennis Ries said in a press release (opens in new tab) that players will discover "a gentle land, both familiar and mysterious, full of lush biomes and rich resources," when they enter the world of Minecraft Legends. With a piglin invasion threatening to take over the Overworld, players will team up to defeat them. 

Mojang confirmed that Minecraft Legends will feature online campaign co-op and competitive multiplayer, though the studio has not detailed what its multiplayer will be. The team will share more details at a later date this year. Will Minecraft Legends join its older siblings among the best Xbox games? We can't wait to find out.

Minecraft Live doesn't have a definitive release date yet, and is set to arrive at some point in 2023. Minecraft Legends is confirmed for Xbox, PC, PlayStation, and Switch, preserving Mojang Studios' commitment to cross-platform support. It's also launching on day one into Xbox and PC Game Pass, and Xbox Cloud Gaming.

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Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer primarily focused on covering the latest news, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been with Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019. While originally brought on to write about all things Minecraft, Zachary has since expanded to write about practically everything that Windows Central covers. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.

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