Minecraft Dungeons

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This article is about the action/adventure RPG. For the naturally generated structure in Minecraft, see Dungeon.
This article is about the game available on home consoles and PC. For the arcade release, see Minecraft Dungeons Arcade.
Minecraft Dungeons
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Author(s)
Platform(s)
Native

WindowsXbox OneXbox Series X|SPlayStation 4Nintendo Switch

Backward Compatible

PlayStation 5

Other

Android (via Xbox Cloud Gaming)

Written in

Unreal Engine[1]
Bedrock Engine[2]

Latest version

Internal version no.: 5460008
Windows: 1.8.6.0
Xbox One: 1.8.4.0
Xbox Series X|S: 1.8.4.0
PlayStation 4: 1.8.4.0
Nintendo Switch: 1.8.3.0

Release date

Windows, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch
May 26, 2020[3]
Xbox Series X|S
November 10, 2020

Rating(s)
Size

~600.15 MB (Beta)[15]

  • ~3.40 MB (Launcher)
  • 2.66 GB (Windows 7/8/10)
  • 3.25 GB (Windows 10)
  • 2.55 GB (Xbox One)
  • 2.55 GB (Xbox Series X|S)
  • 1.52 GB (PlayStation 4)
  • 4.6 GB (Nintendo Switch)
License

Terms of Use

Source available

No

Links

Discover an all-new action adventure game, inspired by classic dungeon crawlers!

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Minecraft Dungeons is an action-adventure role-playing video game developed by Mojang Studios, Xbox Game Studios and Double Eleven. It was released on May 26, 2020, for Windows, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4, and on November 10, 2020 for the Xbox Series X|S.[3]

Originally conceived as a game for the Nintendo 3DS[16], Minecraft Dungeons takes inspiration from classic dungeon crawlers. It also features music by Peter Hont, Johan Johnson, Samuel Åberg, Eugnosis, and Rostislav Trifonov.

Purchase and availability[edit]

The Standard Edition of the game is available for US$19.99 (19.99, £16.74, AU$29.95), and the Hero Edition for US$$29.99 (€29.99, £24.99, AU$39.95), which includes the Hero Pass (which can also be purchased separately for US$9.99 (€9.99, £8.39, AU$14.95)), which in turn includes the Hero Cape, the Baby Chicken pet, the Pake and Wargen skins, and the Jungle Awakens and Creeping Winter downloadable content (DLC) packs.[3] The Season Pass can also be purchased for US$19.99 (€19.99, £16.74, AU$29.95) and will include the Howling Peaks DLC, Flames of the Nether DLC, and the next two DLC packs that are released. The DLC packs is also available separately at US$$5.99 (€5.99, £4.99, AU$9.05) each.

The game is available on the following platforms:

Gameplay[edit]

Main article: Gameplay
Artwork by Mojang Studios

The game supports up to four players and features various new weapons, items, and mobs, as well as a variety of environments to explore and an overarching quest that sees players face off against a main antagonist, called the Arch-Illager.

The game has specific quests and locations, along with procedurally generated elements.[17] The player is not restricted to one class, and can pick up more armor or weapons and use them. Players do not build or mine because the game is focused on action/adventure. The game takes place both above ground and below. Players can re-play levels they have previously beaten. There is a camp "hub world" that takes place in part of the tutorial level, Squid Coast. You can unlock shops in "secret rooms". Levels are procedurally generated, and Mojang was considering using world seeds.[18]

Players can choose their avatar from a variety of skins provided, with additional skins available as paid DLC. Character creator skins and skins purchased in vanilla Minecraft are not available for use in Minecraft Dungeons.

Character[edit]

See also: Skin

The character is the person that the user controls in the game. When creating a character, the user can choose a cosmetic skin that they can use throughout the game. All skins are the same and do not offer special powers.

When creating a character, all loot, levels, and progress gained stays only on that character and does not carry over into other characters the user creates. If you started a game with a character and want an alternate character with different loot, you can duplicate your character with the same loot your character had.

Locations[edit]

Main article: Locations

When starting up the game for the first time with a new character, the player begins at Squid Coast. They then progress through the other locations, such as the Creeper Woods, until they reach the final level of the game, Obsidian Pinnacle. Sometimes a location can generate a room that allows access to a secret location, such as the Creepy Crypt, Lower Temple, Soggy Cave or Arch Haven. Other levels can be accessed by proceeding through the levels normally, such as Pumpkin Pastures, Redstone Mines, Cacti Canyon and Highblock Halls. Most of the locations of the main story with the Arch-Illager take place on the main island. Other locations are available only through the DLC packs.

Items[edit]

Main article: Item

Weapons are tools that can be used to damage entities with either melee or ranged attacks. They can be enchanted to increase their effectiveness.

Armor is used to protect the player from damage and provide additional health. It can be enchanted to increase its effectiveness.

Artifacts are objects that the player can use to gain a significant power-up, damage foes, heal allies etc.

Consumables are non-equipable items that randomly drop during gameplay to restore health, ammo and provide temporary positive Status effects to the user.

Cosmetics include pets and capes that provide no functional benefit to the player.

Players can gift weapons, armor and artifacts to other players by interacting with the gift wrapper.

Enchantments[edit]

Main article: Enchantments

Weapons and armor collected throughout the game possess randomly selected enchantments that, once activated by spending enchantment points obtained by levelling up, augment and alter the properties of the equipment. Equipment can appear with up to three enchantment slots each possessing a maximum of three enchantments to select from of which one can be activated. Enchantments are specific to the equipment type they appear on; ranged weapons enchantments will never appear on armor for instance.

Enchantments can enhance damage output, increase defense, apply positive or negative Status Effects, restore or increase health, spawn consumables, emeralds, bees, escape death, and more.

Mobs[edit]

Main article: Mobs

Mobs (short for "mobiles") are creatures encountered throughout the game. Most in Minecraft Dungeons are hostile and attempt to destroy the player on sight, some are passive and will never attack, and few are neutral that will only attack when the player attacks it first. Mobs summoned by the player are friendly, cannot be directly damaged by the player, and will attack hostile mobs.

There are four broad types of hostile mobs the protagonist fights in the game: mobs, enchanted mobs, mini bosses, and bosses.

Defeating mobs gives the player experience and they often drop emeralds, consumables, Weapons, and armor.

Throughout the game, mobs will ambush the player and a rising gate blocks further progression until all mobs that spawned in the ambush are defeated. The Arch-Illager can be seen initiating most ambushes on the Mainland.

Synopsis[edit]

Minecraft Dungeons is set in the same universe as Minecraft.[3] Unlike Minecraft, which is a sandbox, the game features a linear, story-driven campaign, and cutscenes. The opening cutscene tells the story of a homeless Illager named Archie, who was rejected by all those who met. One day, he stumbled upon a powerful artifact known as the "Orb of Dominance," which granted him great powers but also corrupted him. The power-hungry "Arch-Illager" then sought vengeance on all those who wronged him, and soon subjugated the world with his new army, raiding villages, forcing villagers to work as slave labor, and leaving only chaos behind. It's now up to the player to stand up against the Arch-Illager's tyranny and become a hero in order to defeat him and save the world.[19]

The player explores various locations in their quest to stop the Arch-Illager, fighting his army and completing quests in order to pass on to the next level. Ultimately, they face the Arch-Illager in his castle, defeating him and shattering the Orb of Dominance in the process, which frees Archie from its influence. Afterward, they show kindness to Archie, much to his surprise, and together they celebrate that evil has been defeated and the world saved, though the Orb is later shown to be rebuilding itself.

All of the season pass DLC's coming to Minecraft Dungeons.

The DLC packs continue the story as follows:

  • In Creeping Winter, another orb fragment corrupts a wraith, covering the island in an eternal winter. The player destroys the shard and rids the island of its winter.
  • The Flames of the Nether DLC takes place in the Nether dimension. The Orb of Dominance is not in this DLC, therefore the levels have no beginning and and ending narration, nor is there a main boss.

There are also two other unnamed DLC's that take place in the Ocean and the End respectively.

Development[edit]

The game was announced at MINECON Earth 2018.[17] It appears as a visually enhanced version of the base Minecraft game, but has a different gameplay style.[20] The game is inspired by classic dungeon crawlers.[3] On September 17, 2019, Double Eleven announced that they are assisting Mojang Studios and Xbox Game Studios with development, particularly with multiplayer and the console versions.[21]

Minecraft Dungeons was given an April 2020 release date in November 2019,[22] though this date was delayed to May 26, 2020, due to the outbreak of COVID-19.[23] The closed beta for the game ran from March 25 to April 24, 2020.[24][25]

Supported languages[edit]

Languages Interface Full Audio Subtitles
English (United States) Yes Yes Yes
English (United Kingdom) Yes Yes Yes
French Yes Yes Yes
German Yes Yes Yes
Japanese Yes Yes Yes
Italian Yes No Yes
Korean Yes No Yes
Spanish (Spain) Yes No Yes
Spanish (Mexico) Yes Yes Yes
Russian Yes No Yes
Swedish Yes Yes Yes
Portuguese (Brazil) Yes Yes Yes
Portuguese (Portugal) Yes No Yes
Polish Yes No Yes
Indonesian Yes No Yes
Chinese (Simplified) Yes Yes Yes
Chinese (Traditional) Yes No Yes

System requirements[edit]

According to this page:

Component Windows
OS Windows 10 version 1909 (November 2019 Update) or higher, 8 or 7
Processor Intel Core i5 2.8GHz or equivalent
Memory (RAM) 8GB or more
Hard disk space 6GB available space
Graphics Drivers NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 or equivalent DX11 GPU with 2GB or more
DirectX Version 11 or higher
Notes Not supported on Windows 10 devices in S mode. Windows 7/8 with the latest updates, 64-bit and some functionality not supported

Media[edit]

Guide to Minecraft Dungeons: A Handbook for Heroes[edit]

Guide to Minecraft Dungeons: A Handbook for Heroes is a guide book for Minecraft Dungeons that was released on May 26, 2020 as a hardcover and e-book.[26][27]

Minecraft Dungeons: The Rise of the Arch-Illager[edit]

Minecraft Dungeons: The Rise of the Arch-Illager is a novel about the background story on the origins of the Arch-Illager by American author Matt Forbeck. It was published by Del Rey Books on July 7, 2020 in North America and on July 9, 2020 in the United Kingdom.[28][29] It was released as a hardcover, e-book, and audio book all of which were available to purchase on the same day.[29]

Merchandise[edit]

LEGO[edit]

Main article: LEGO Minecraft

Minecraft Dungeons also has its own LEGO set called "21163 The Redstone Battle", which features the four main heroes Valorie, Hex, Hal and Adriene along with the Redstone Monstrosity and the Redstone Golem, as well as a Piggy Bank. It was released on June 1st, 2020.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Minecraft: Dungeons is made in the Unreal Engine" – PCGamesN, June 11, 2019.
  2. "Ask Mojang Home Edition #3: Extra Levels?!"– Minecraft on YouTube
  3. a b c d e minecraft.net/dungeons – March 31, 2020
  4. Minecraft: Dungeons ESRB Rating
  5. Minecraft Dungeons CSM Rating
  6. Minecraft: Dungeons DEJUS Rating
  7. Minecraft: Dungeons PEGI Rating
  8. Minecraft GRB Rating
  9. https://microsoft.com/ru-ru/p/-/9p8mk4nc0ljb
  10. ACB Rating
  11. https://microsoft.com/de-de/p/-/9p8mk4nc0ljb
  12. https://microsoft.com/zh-tw/p/-/9p8mk4nc0ljb
  13. https://microsoft.com/pt-tl/p/-/9ph4m6bm9g89
  14. https://microsoft.com/en-za/p/-/9p8mk4nc0ljb
  15. "User Downloading Minecraft: Dungeouns Beta" – Twitter, April 1, 2020.
  16. "Minecraft Dungeons Diaries: Origins"– Minecraft on YouTube, October 25, 2019
  17. a b Minecraft: Dungeons announced for PC - IGN, September 29, 2018
  18. "Minecraft: Dungeons – Mojang unearths a bit more info" – GameInformer, May 17, 2019.
  19. "Minecraft Dungeons: Opening Cinematic"– Minecraft on YouTube, September 29, 2019
  20. Mojang announces Minecraft: Dungeons - Polygon, September 29, 2018
  21. "Announcement: Minecraft Dungeons" – Double11.com, September 17, 2019.
  22. "Minecraft Dungeons live demo! Release month! Cows!" .
  23. "Minecraft Dungeons launching May 26" – Minecraft.net
  24. "Minecraft Dungeons FAQ" – Minecraft Help. "The closed beta will run from March 25 to April 24 at 11am CEST (2am PDT)."
  25. "A big thanks to everyone who participated in the Minecraft Dungeons closed beta! We'll be closing the feedback and bug categories for now but we'll see you again come May 26th!"@MattGartzke, April 24, 2020
  26. Guide to Minecraft Dungeons: A Handbook for Heroes – Official Minecraft Store - Powered by J!NX
  27. Guide to Minecraft Dungeons: A Handbook for Heroes: Mojang Ab, The Official Minecraft Team: 9781984818713: Amazon.com: Books
  28. Rise of the Arch-Illager – Minecraft.net
  29. a b Minecraft Dungeons: The Rise of the Arch-Illager by Matt Forbeck

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