Minecraft Dungeons arrived with a bang, and now we've got our second DLC!
Here's everything you need to know and more!
Latest News - Creeping Winter DLC Release Date
The latest DLC for Minecraft Dungeons is releasing today according to the Minecraft Dungeons official Twitter page.
According to the post, it reads that you can get it digitally on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows and Xbox One, or buy it in stores with the all-new physical version of the Hero Edition!
Creeping Winter takes you to a whole new land, with even more challenges than ever before.
"PUT ON A JACKET!" - Or take a sword, whatever keeps you alive the best!
You'll encounter new mobs and enemies for sure, but there's also a chance to discover new runes and treaures!
Be careful though, as the new icy visuals aren't just for show. You'll have to contend with the ice itself, which will drastically (and hilariously) impact your ability to move!
Nothing says 'brave' more than slowly sliding into a pack of foes!
What is Minecraft Dungeons?
Those that have played Minecraft before know that adventuring underground for resources is a key part of the game, and one of the more dangerous parts thanks to lava, zombies, creepers, and cave spiders.
INTO THE DEPTHS - Are you brave enough to step into the Dungeons?
Well, take that, times it by 20, and you might just hit Minecraft Dungeons.
Inspired by classic dungeon crawler games and set in the Minecraft universe, Minecraft Dungeons puts you and up to three other players on an epic quest to battle enemies and save villagers from an evil Arch-Illiger!
Like the normal Minecraft, Dungeons will be available on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. Whatever hardware you normally game on, it will probably be available.
Xbox and PC players have access to a special version of Minecraft Dungeons... Hero Edition.
SURROUNDED: The action looks amazing in Minecraft Dungeons
For £24.99 ($29.99) they get a few extras with the game:
- Hero Cape
- Two player skins
- Chicken pet
- Two DLC packs (Jungle Awakens being one of them!)
On PS4 this comes at a separate cost with the "Hero Pass", setting you back £9.49. There is no such add-on for Nintendo Switch.
Teaming up with your friends is one of the best ways to experience Minecraft Dungeons, and it's made possible by both online and local co-op.
However, it's Minecraft crossplay that has broken down some of the walls among the community.
Xbox, PC, and Switch players can now jump into the same world and play together. It took them some time, but Sony finally allowed their players to join in too.
BIOME LEVELS: There will be desert and aquatic levels, among others
While crossplay between Xbox & PC players will be there, Switch and PS4 players will remain isolated to begin with.
Linking up every platform is coming to Minecraft Dungeons in the future, and was confirmed at Gamescom in August.
Minecraft Dungeons Trailer
For those expecting to be able to mine your way through the dungeons, you'll be in for a shock. There is no mining or building in this one!
Instead, it is a combat-driven game that has you rely on in-game pick-ups and equipping items to survive encounters with your enemies (don't worry, there are no loot boxes or microtransactions).
EQUIPMENT IS KEY: You'll find new weapons and armour on your adventures
The ARPG-style visuals and combat are reminiscent of games like Diablo III, so it will be a distinct departure from the normal Minecraft combat too.
It's not all different though, the usual mobs will feature, with changes to spawn in armour and with weapons for an extra challenge. There will also be new foes and friends too.
Some lucky outlets have been able to get their hands on Minecraft Dungeons early!
Games Radar - 3.5/5
"A more approachable entry point for the hack and slash genre" Alex Avard
NME.com - 3/5
"Short but sweet dungeon crawler that struggles to live up to its name" Jordan Oloman
Windows Central - 4.5/5
"Minecraft Dungeons casts off the Diablo 'clone' status and site among the best action RPGs of the gen" Jez Corden
OpenCritic - 76%
The main villain in Minecraft Dungeons is the Arch-Illager who was bullied and disliked by other villagers until he finds a powerful artifact that gives him unfathomable power.
He forces all the villagers who shunned him to follow his commands and begins a campaign of terror, ransacking other villages across the land.
As the heroes, you and your friends will set out to defeat him and his army of Illager minions.
Mojang says the story will be light touch, and the focus is very much on combat and character progression. “You have a chain of objectives you want to accomplish, [but] it’s not like we have a massive narrative that you go through,” Mojang’s David Nisshagen told IGN.
The classic dungeon crawler games have a party of players who each embody a different class of character. A barbarian, a ranger, a warlock, and so on. To get to the end, you'd need a balanced party. Well, Minecraft Dungeons is a bit different.
You don't have to lock your character's class at the start and build your party out with the right people. Each player can build their class from the ground up on the go thanks to looting weapons, artifacts, and other items that can help you build an archer or warrior class as you want.
Tips & Tricks
One of the essential tips for the game is to ensure that you enchant your gear! Here's how you do it.
Select the 'swag' you want to upgrade from everything you have collected on your travels and press 'Y' or 'Triangle' on your controller to view the enchantment options
Select the enchantment and press 'A' or 'X'. This will spend the points and add the enchantment to the piece of equipment!
SHAZAM: Make way for some devastating attacks
You'll also want to make sure to use replay levels for even better gear!
While the layout of every level remains the same, many of the chest locations, enemies, and loot drops will change every time you play.
The level of the potential gear is tied to the difficulty of every level, and you can see the range of difficulty on the mission select screen.
Replaying levels and tackling tougher enemies will earn you much better gear, so get back there and do it again!