What you need to know
- The latest update for Minecraft Dungeons is 'Flames of the Nether,' which introduced the fiery Nether dimension.
- Bringing the Nether to Minecraft Dungeons was apparently quite the challenge and spawned hundreds of concept art images.
- A new interview with Mojang Studios devs reveals some of the obstacles and the thought processes that went into overcoming them.
- The interview also revealed a handful of concept art for 'Flames of the Nether,' which is always fascinating to see.
Minecraft Dungeons just took the wraps off of the massive Flames of the Nether DLC. Flames of the Nether has now released to all platforms Minecraft Dungeons is on, and adds Ancient Hunts and changes Apocalypse Plus mode. The latest expansion for Mojang Studios' excellent Minecraft spin-off took the game to the Nether, but it apparently wasn't as simple as porting everything directly over.
An interview with Mojang Studios developers shows how the team accomplished Flames of the Nether, and what they had to think about when bringing more of Minecraft to Minecraft Dungeons. We also get a first-look at some gorgeous concept art for Flames of the Nether.
The interview is with Level Designer Laura de Lorens and Art Director Daniel Björkefors from Mojang Studios. The interview discusses the fundamental differences between Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons and how a lot had to be done to bring the Nether to their top-down ARPG, without ruining what makes the Nether so special in Minecraft. According to Daniel, "(Mojang Studios) ended up with well over a hundred pages of concept art for the Nether, including everything from general coloring to new plants, props, armor, and weapons that fit with the environments."
This meant new textures, objects, effects, and a general expansion of the Nether with new environmental details and more. The Flames of the Nether expansion even opens up with a gorgeous and mysterious machine that's long-since collapsed. You can read the full interview now, and check out all the beautiful concept art shared in the article!
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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.
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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