Minecraft: RTS spin-off may be in the works

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A Minecraft real-time strategy game may be coming soon.

Giant Bomb co-founder Jeff Gerstmann has revealed the news, which has been reported by PC Gamer.

Gerstmann was speaking on Twitch as he prepared to leave Giant Bomb after 14 years, and went over a number of video game news items.

He claimed: “There’s a new Minecraft spin-off in the works. Microsoft appears to be testing it out and putting it out under a codename and all that basic stuff.”

Gerstmann also claims to have seen screenshots from the game, and added, “it seems like it’s a real-time strategy game, an RTS of sorts.”

The spin-off is said to have players controlling units from a third-person perspective as they aim to defeat enemies, and there will be a story mode along with cutscenes, although they are some way from being finished.

Gerstmann has added that there is the potential of it being announced over the next week, and there is an Xbox showcase on June 12, so that could well be the date the game is announced.


However, as he has pointed out, the game appears to be some way from completion, so it remains to be seen exactly when the game will first be hyped.

Minecraft has branched out into different genres before, with Minecraft: Dungeons turning the game into a dungeon-crawler.

Minecraft remains one of the most wildly popular IPs out there, so it is little surprise that new games in the universe are being considered and developed.

We’ll let you know as and when we get confirmation of this rumour but, at this stage, it’s best to take these rumours with something of a pinch of salt, although Gerstmann is a very reliable leaker with a solid track record.

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