Minecraft Dungeons has enjoyed a long and prosperous journey since its initial release nearly a year and a half ago, and now it's about to embark on the next chapter of its adventure. Today, Minecraft Dungeons Ultimate Edition becomes available to an all-new pool of players on Steam that have possibly not experienced what this unique action-RPG has to offer. This is the perfect debut for Mojang Studios' newest project on Steam since it includes the base game and all previously released DLC.
To mark the occasion, I got to speak with Executive Producer David Nisshagen and Game Director Måns Olson. We discussed how Minecraft Dungeons had reached this point, what it took to release the game on Steam, and a tiny hint for what's to come for the game.
Minecraft Dungeons has come so far
With the release of the Echoing Void DLC, Minecraft Dungeons officially concluded the story that followed the Arch-Illager and the Orb of Dominance. When Minecraft Dungeons initially released, the general consensus was that it had a wonderful foundation, but was a little light on content (most notably in the endgame). Mojang Studios isn't known for leaving a game alone, however, and released a multitude of updates and paid DLC expansions for its title in the months following launch, including over a dozen updates, featuring six premium expansions, which means Minecraft Dungeons is a significantly larger game than it was at launch. I've already explored in-depth why I believe Minecraft is the greatest game ever made, and Minecraft Dungeons was certainly a part of that discussion, especially when it comes to Xbox games.
"We had a lot of plans for things that we'd like to get out... especially bringing more content to players," said Olson. "So with all the DLCs, we've released free content that we think does a good job of complementing the base game experience."
It wasn't all set in stone from the beginning, however, with Nisshagen adding, "Many of these things from our perspective I won't say were experimental, but they were things that we liked to try. We don't have any master plan. We're trying things that we think are fun and cool. And it also seems to be quite appreciated by the players, right? So having that sort of lightweight approach, trying things, has been a really lovely journey."
Many community-requested features and changes, like cross-play and cross-save support, were added to Minecraft Dungeons after release. There were also meaningful content additions to Minecraft Dungeons' endgame, like the exciting Ancient Hunts, brand-new secret levels, new gear and enchantments, and much more. These were all released for free, while new story content was explored in larger paid expansions.
This devotion to the game has led to Minecraft Dungeons accumulating over 10 million unique players on all of its platforms. Olson and Nisshagen confirmed that the number of players is indeed higher now, but they elected not to reveal the exact number.
With Minecraft Dungeons' last DLC concluding its current story, however, and the Ultimate Edition bundling all Minecraft Dungeons content into one comprehensive bundle, many players are left wondering what's coming next. When I asked about exactly this, Olson said, "We aren't ready to talk about all of our future plans. As you might have guessed, there's more forthcoming in the not-too-distant future. We definitely want to keep updating the game, and we're not done with Minecraft Dungeons in any way. We are done with the story of the Arch-Illager and the DLCs that relate to that, but we have exciting plans, I think, for what's coming next."
A whole new pool of players
"Steam is a very interesting platform in that it's a very big one," Nisshagen said. "It's especially big in Sweden, or in Scandanavia, so it's almost seen as a little bit of the natural state. A game should be on Steam, so we're super happy to be able to bring Dungeons there."
Minecraft Dungeons, of course, was already available on PC through the Microsoft Store and Mojang Studios' own launcher, which can also be used to play Minecraft: Java Edition. However, a huge number of PC gamers practically play exclusively through Steam, which is by far the largest singular platform for purchasing and playing PC games in many parts of the world. Minecraft Dungeons is the latest Microsoft game to arrive on Steam, alongside titles like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, meaning the game is about to be exposed to a brand-new pool of potential players.
I asked Nisshagen and Olson about their experience with porting Minecraft Dungeons to Steam, and fortunately, it seemed like a relatively painless process. Between Minecraft Dungeons already being available through Mojang's PC launcher (which apparently shares many similarities with Steam), Steam's support, and Mojang's own experience with supporting games on multiple platforms, bringing Minecraft Dungeons to Steam was straightforward. One thing that was important to Mojang, however, was ensuring the experience on Steam matched the experience everywhere else.
"If we are on a platform, we want it to be treated like every other platform — we want total parity," Nisshagen said. "There shouldn't be anyone having a better or worse experience because you choose to play the game on a platform that you have or like. And, to some extent, it causes a little bit of a headache for us. We could have done things more automatically with the cross-platform progression if we leaned into some platforms and away from others. It's a bit more manual now... but we have full parity, and we treat every platform just the same. We think that's the way it should be."
This means Minecraft Dungeons on Steam still fully supports cross-play and cross-save, and player-centric features like players being able to play with friends that own DLC expansions, even when they don't. Other than being through the Steam platform, Minecraft Dungeons offers practically the exact same experience for everyone, and that's great to see.
Minecraft Dungeons is available right now through Steam, joining Minecraft Dungeons on Xbox, PC, PlayStation, and Switch platforms. Minecraft Dungeons is also available through Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming. When you pick up Minecraft Dungeons on Steam, you'll be getting the Ultimate Edition, so you don't have to worry about missing out on anything.
The complete package
The Ultimate collection for Minecraft Dungeons
Minecraft Dungeons has evolved by leaps and bounds since its initial launch, and now Mojang Studios is giving players a way to access absolutely everything the game has to offer in one slick package. Minecraft Dungeons Ultimate Edition includes the base game and all previously released DLC, and it also marks Minecraft Dungeons' debut on Steam.
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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.
What? You mean they hit over 10 million just on Xbox, Windows Store and Switch? Crazy.
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