What you need to know
- Minecraft Dungeons is an excellent co-op focused ARPG from Minecraft-creator Mojang Studios.
- In a new development, Mojang Studios announced that they're working with Play Mechanix to recreate Minecraft Dungeons.
- Minecraft Dungeons is heading to arcades with its very own custom-designed arcade cabinet, and it looks great.
- The tweaked game features simplified gameplay and controls, nine intense levels, and a unique card-based mechanic.
Minecraft Dungeons has already enjoyed an incredible couple of weeks, after releasing its biggest update yet with the massive Flames of the Nether DLC. Now, Mojang Studios has surprised players everywhere by announcing that Minecraft Dungeons is heading to arcades!
Mojang Studios is pairing up with legendary arcade company Play Mechanix, who designed an awesome-looking arcade cabinet for Minecraft Dungeons. The Minecraft Dungeons present on this machine isn't quite the same version of Minecraft Dungeons you know, though, as Mojang Studios has made plenty of changes to make Minecraft Dungeons fit better in an arcade environment.
The arcade machine supports four-player local co-op, with "Melee," "Dodge," and "Range" buttons for each player (on top of movement). The game will take players across nine familiar levels to battle hordes of vicious enemies, and see Minecraft Dungeons in a different light (and sometimes from different angles!).
However, Mojang Studios have massively shaken things up with one new mechanic: cards. Players will have a chance to earn up to 60 physical collectible cards from playing Minecraft Dungeons: Arcade, with each card depicting a different weapon, pet, skin, or item. Each session, players will be able to scan up to five of the cards from their collection to equip their hero with all the gear and class they need to prevail. To earn cards, players will fill up their "card meters" while playing by defeating mobs, completing levels, and more. The more you play, the more chance you have of collecting every card!
Minecraft Dungeons: Arcade is heading to a select few arcades across North America right now for testing, and will expand more in the future. Hopefully, an arcade near you will feature Minecraft Dungeons: Arcade and its unique take on the established Minecraft Dungeons formula. Either way, it's exciting to see Mojang Studios offer yet another way to play Minecraft Dungeons.
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The next era of Dungeons
Explore new worlds in Minecraft Dungeons.
It's been a busy first year for Minecraft Dungeons, and now the ARPG dungeon-crawling Minecraft spin-off is looking ahead towards its future, with four new expansions planned. The first two, Howling Peaks and Flames of the Nether, are available right now, but players can also grab the new Season Pass to gain immediate access to all four expansions as soon as they launch.
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.