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Minecraft spinoff gets a launch trailer and surprisingly impressive cast.

Minecraft: Story Mode is perhaps the most pointless but obvious thing to ever happen in games.

Pointless, because Minecraft really doesn’t need a story. Obvious because, well, there’s a brick-ton of money to be made. If anyone can make this concept work, it’s probably Telltale games.

Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series, to give the game its full name, was revealed today at Minecon in London. The game is narrative-driven, five-part episodic adventure led by protagonist Jesse, portrayed by actor Patton Oswalt.

Oswalt is joined by Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman (yay!), Billy West and Paul Reuben.

Kevin Bruner, CEO and co-founder of Telltale Games is excited:

We’ve worked closely with the amazing team at Mojang to ensure this story is a natural fit for the Minecraft world fans already know and love. As Jesse, players will steer their own path through a tale of adventure and survival; all brought to life by an all-star cast. Through Telltale’s choice-based gameplay and a story spanning from the Nether to the Farlands, the End, and beyond, we can’t wait for fans to experience this new take on the beloved world of Minecraft.”

Owen Hill, Chief Word Officer at Mojang is super excited:

The interactive storytellers at Telltale are giving players the chance to explore their own unique interpretation of the Minecraft universe. They’ve crafted a story that follows the logic of Minecraft, but still manages to feel original. It’s actually pretty funny too. And the pig is adorable. We’re super excited about players digging deeper into the world of Minecraft: Story Mode later this year.”

Here’s the launch trailer. And Hill is right, the pig is pretty adorable.

Minecraft: Story Mode is separate from the core Minecraft game, and will be available to download later this year on PC/Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, iOS and Android.

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