Are you ready for some more Minecraft: Story Mode (Free)? I am. After playing and reviewing all five episodes, I’ve been waiting to see where the story would go from here, and I had a hunch that we’d be getting independent story arcs. As we wrote a few days ago, the first of the standalone episodes is called A Portal to Mystery, launching June 7th, and is bringing some famous youtubers on board in what is a great way of both including the community (since youtubers were a huge part of what made Minecraft popular in the early days) and ensuring some Let’s Plays. As you can see in the trailer below, Jesse and his gang end up in a haunted mansion alongside Stampy Cat, Stacy Plays, DanTDM, LDShadowLady, and CaptainSparlez. But they aren’t along since the maniacal White Pumpkin is trying to take them out. Oh, and the White Pumpkin is actually one of (I’m guessing) the youtubers.
The whole haunted mansion setup will be a nice change from the usual “saving the world" stories of earlier episodes and pays homage to the incredible creativity of Minecraft map builders. Whether the whole story will work remains to be seen, but I’m excited to enjoy a different spin on the Minecraft universe. A Portal to Mystery will release tomorrow, and it’s not included in the season pass, so get ready to pay. If you intend to play all three standalone episodes, make sure you grab the $14.99 pass.