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Minecraft Dungeons was originally more like a Zelda game

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Minecraft Dungeons New Screens (Image credit: Microsoft / Mojang Studios)

What you need to know

  • Minecraft Dungeons is an upcoming dungeon crawler from Mojang.
  • It has a lot of buzz around it due to its Diablo-like gameplay.
  • However, early on the title was more like Nintendo's Zelda franchise.
  • You can purchase Xbox Game Pass Ultimate through Amazon (opens in new tab).

Minecraft Dungeons is a dungeon crawler experience along the lines of Diablo. However, the original concept was much different and was similar to Zelda. GameSpot reported on an interview given by Mojang's Måns Olson to USG. The outlet said the following.

The game was originally being developed with the 3DS in mind, and now in a new interview, the game's director has revealed that an entirely different gameplay style was initially planned... Olson has revealed that the game was originally envisioned as a Zelda-style game.

Olson told USG the following.

We wanted to bring a new Minecraft experience to players. To make something new, you have to step quite far away from the base game... If you look at inspirations now, it's closer in terms of gameplay to games like Diablo, Torchlight, and Gauntlet. So absolutely there's been things that have been either implemented and then changed, or designed on paper, but that never made it into the game.

It's definitely interesting as to how it morphed into a Diablo-style game, but it's better for it in my opinion. We can't wait to play it later on this month!

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

2 Comments
  • I would have played that too...
  • I was excited at the notion of a multiplayer Minecraft RPG to play with my family, but they lost me when they shifted to this third-person view. Looks like most people like this, so I guess it's just me. For me, immersion is lost and controls become clumsy when you move away from first person. I love Minecraft's first person control and view. What it's completely missing is a story and character development -- an RPG version of that would be fantastic. Alas, this is not it.