Dungeons & Dragons is coming to Minecraft in the form of a campaign expansion featuring a variety of Forgotten Realm locations and four new classes. Players will set off on a 10-hour adventure in the D&D universe where they will come across humanoid creatures and beasts like Mimics and Beholders.
Announced during the D&D direct showcase by Riccardo Lenzi and Tom Sargent, producers at Mojang Studios and WotC, the collaboration between Minecraft and Dungeons & Dragons brings familiar locations from the RPG universe, such as Caer Dineval and Candlekeep. Similar to the adventure mode, it will be a story-driven DLC that allows players to take on different jobs throughout the storyline. Players will be able to choose from four classes – Paladin, Barbarian, Wizard, and Rogue. After their character creation has been completed, players will get a number of abilities identified with their classes.
Abilities will have cooldowns and characters will have their own stats that will affect their ability to perform tasks. The DLC functions as a story mode with a limited world, where players will travel between villages and cities. It won’t be optimized for a fully open-world survival experience. The new Forgotten Realm locations will serve as a hub that players can visit before setting off on an adventure. Moreover, the classic D&D monsters, such as Beholder, Mimic, Gold Dragon, and Gelatinous Cube, will make their introduction with the DLC. The Creeper, Enderman, and Enter Dragon will also descend on the Sword Coast to wreak some havoc.
Players must use their class abilities to breeze past enemies to earn rewards and progress in the story. Perhaps most interestingly, the DLC also introduces an all-new combat system, which encourages the combination of basic attacks and powerful moves. Players will trigger attacks from a hotbar before waiting for big moves to cool down, which works similarly to the combat rotations of MMO games. Players will level up by progressing through the game and they’ll gain new abilities and improve their stats with gears and equipment found along the way.
Lastly, the campaign features narration supported by voiced characters, plus new music to hype up the action. The DLC will be available sometime this spring on all platforms supporting Minecraft.
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