With Microsoft's billions behind it, Minecraft's momentum is showing no signs of slowing. The game now supports VR and has lets players fine-tune their worlds with Add-Ons, the movie has a release date (although it is in 2019) and soon it's going to have its very own official novel. Mojang has confirmed that the new book, titled Minecraft: The Island, is being written by none other than Max Brooks, the scribe behind the apocalyptic zombie novel World War Z. "Think cuboid Robinson Crusoe, but madder: a hero stranded in an unfamiliar land, with unfamiliar rules, learning to survive against tremendous odds," says Mojang's Marsh Davies. "I've peeked at an early draft and it's entirely amazing, just as we knew it would be." It's not yet known when the book will be released or if it will have ties to the movie but it does appear that it will be the first of many.
As strange as it sounds, Minecraft got the novelization treatment, and the final product is now out for purchase. The good news is that the Mojang team put Microsoft's millions to good use by commissioning Max Brooks, author of the apocalyptic zombie novel World War Z. Minecraft: The Island apparently tells the story of a hero who got stranded on a mysterious island and ends up unraveling its secrets. When the book was first announced, Mojang's Marsh Davies described it as a "cuboid Robinson Crusoe, but madder: a hero stranded in an unfamiliar land, with unfamiliar rules, learning to survive against tremendous odds." In the book, the cuboid hero will face hunger, the elements and, yes, zombies that roam the island at night. Del Rey, the publishing house in charge of the project, called the book the launch of a series when the partnership with Brooks was revealed, so this might be the first of many.
The Minecraft film, based on the massively popular video game franchise, will be released on 24 May 2019, according to the game's developer, Mojang. The lengthy wait has been defended by Mojang as "the right amount of time to make it completely awesome". Minecraft, created by Swedish game designer Markus "Notch" Persson, is a procedurally generated sandbox game in which players harvest elements from the world by day to build tools and shelter to protect themselves from zombie attack at night. Since its release in November 2011, it has become the second-bestselling game of all time (behind Tetris) and, thanks to a interface that allows players to build pretty much anything they want, has been adopted as a teaching aid. The plot of the Minecraft film is still unknown, although in July last year Mojang hired It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator Rob McElhenney as director.
Lego has explored various corners of the Minecraft universe in sets based on the Nether, The End and more. But the biggest set of them all -- coming in June -- focuses on a decidedly more mundane location: The Village. Minecraft's social centers are the subject of a June 1 Lego release, and it's not small. For 199.99 you get 1,600 pieces spanning three different biomes (rainforest, snow and desert) and key structures (watchtower, library, butcher, blacksmith and marketplace). See also: See the best'Call of Duty' Zombies map remade in'Minecraft' Several of the structures -- specifically the library, butcher and marketplace -- feature hinged pieces that make it easy to crack them open and create interior scenes.