Minecraft Dungeons adds free Seasonal Adventures, starting with The Cloudy Climb

Minecraft Dungeons The Cloudy Climb Trailer Screenshot
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What you need to know

  • Minecraft Dungeons is a dungeon-crawler ARPG from Microsoft, Mojang, and Double Eleven.
  • At Minecon Live, Microsoft revealed the next big update for the game, dubbed The Cloudy Climb.
  • The Cloudy Climb is part of a new free Seasonal Adventure initiative, adding new features and content.
  • The Cloudy Climb update is arriving for Minecraft Dungeons in Dec. 2021.

At Minecraft Live today, Microsoft, Mojang Studios, and Double Eleven revealed the latest major update to Minecraft Dungeons.

Minecraft Dungeons is a Diablo-style dungeon crawler where you and up to four friends can battle across a wide variety of Minecraft-inspired lands. From haunted tombs to jungle forests, Minecraft Dungeons has a huge variety of content, fit for various playstyles and skill levels.

Minecraft Dungeons was criticized in ages past for its relative lack of ongoing endgame content. The developers behind the game have worked hard to fix that, adding various challenges and systems to supplement the content already on offer. At Minecon, they announced the game is taking it another step forward.

Minecraft Dungeons' next big update is called The Cloudy Climb, and it will be free as part of a new Seasonal Adventure system. The Cloudy Climb adds a new single-player dungeon area called The Tower, where players start with a blank character, and work their way up preset rooms and events choosing different upgrades as they go. The layout should sound familiar to players of games like HADES. The layouts will change every two weeks, giving players fresh challenges to face off against.

Seasonal Adventures also add another dimension to play, giving you ongoing rewards from an all new Adventure Hub, found in the camp. For completing challenges, participating in The Tower, or simply just playing the game will net you Adventure Points, which can be spent on a variety of seasonal cosmetic rewards and currency. There will also be a premium paid Adventure Pass, but it will only feature cosmetic items, sidestepping pay2win gameplay.

Microsoft says The Cloudy Climb will drop towards the end of 2021 during the holiday season for every Minecraft Dungeons platform. Minecraft Dungeons is available now on Xbox Game Pass for Xbox consoles, PC, and cloud, alongside retail versions for Steam, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch.

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