'Minecraft: Story Mode' release date: Telltale lets players choose gender and appearance

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Minecraft, a ‘sandbox game’ known hardly known for its open-ended gameplay, will soon come out with an interactive, scripted narrative from Telltale Games.

Unlike Telltale’s other episodic titles, “Minecraft: Story Mode” allows players to choose whether they want to play as a male or female hero named Jesse. The developers have also increased personalization as players can also choose from three different looks. The game will also feature a cinematic narrative and choice-based gameplay, similar to Telltale’s adaptation of “The Walking Dead” and “Wolf Among Us.” The male Jesse is voiced by Patton Oswalt (who also lent his voice to movies such as Ratatouille and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D). On the other hand, the female Jesse is voiced by Catherine Taber (Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Marvel Heroes).

Job Stauffer and Laura Perusco of Telltale Games spoke to Games Radar explaining the game’s contrast from fans’ conventional notions of Minecraft. According to Stauffer “It’s in third person, there’s no first person mode. It’s a lot like kind of controlling a character in a TV show. It’s the best way I can explain it. The menus won’t be exactly like the way you use the interface in Minecraft but it’ll have that kind of look and feel. It’s just kind of done in a Telltale way.”

Perusco also explained how the game’s mechanics is more story-driven. “You won’t be choosing how to allocate points to different skills but you will definitely be progressing and developing as a character in different ways,” she said.

“Minecraft: Story Mode” launches on October 13, 2015 with the first episode entitled “The Order of the Stone.” It will be released for PC, Mac, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. There will be a total of five episodes in all, available for individual purchase or with a season pass. Players can also opt for a retail version of the first episode, while the rest of the episodes will be available as digital downloads. Meanwhile fans can await the season finales of other Telltale episodic games, “Tales from the Borderlands” (a take on the popular first-person shooting game) and “Game of Thrones.”