Update: In a statement provided to US Gamer, Mojang said it "no plans" to take over Minecraft: Story Mode from Telltale.
A news update over on Minecraft.net has revealed support for Minecraft: Story Mode will end on 25th June 2019. Mojang, on behalf of the now-defunct publisher Telltale Games, explained how both seasons and all episodes would need to be downloaded before this date:
“On behalf of the publisher, Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series, Season 1 and 2 will no longer be supported on June 25th, 2019. If you have purchased these seasons, please download all remaining episodes prior to the service being discontinued in June."
"So if you own either season of Minecraft: Story Mode on Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Android, or iOS, you have until June 25th, 2019 to download the episodes. We’d recommend checking you have all the episodes downloaded!"
As noted, this applies to every version of the game. So, if you own either or both seasons of Minecraft: Story Mode, it's recommended you check now to ensure you have every episode downloaded before 25th June.
Do you own this game on the Switch or Wii U? Tell us below.
that's a shame. hopefully Microsoft steps in and saves it from being gone forever.
Nope, not tempted to one bit.
Can they release it as free DLC on the eShop?
Umm, there’s no eshop version of MC Story Mode on Switch, at least not that I can see, in the US
"Digital is the way to go"
Soooooo are all these physical versions of Telltale games going to be useless with just the first episode on the disc/cart or am I wrong or is it a case of "some will, some won't"?
Wait really? Is there even a version of season 2 on Switch? I liked the first one... Why do they have to be taken from the shop? I don't understand.
I know Telltale is going down, but doesn't that mean whomever bought or inherited their software rights could keep selling the products?
Isn’t this game like, fully playable via Netflix?
@Morpheel Yeah I’m pretty sure I saw it on there the other day.
But yeah, it seems this game, on Switch, is split between physical cart and dlc. You can only access it if you buy the cart, and can’t even see the other episodes unless you buy the Physical game because they aren’t showing up at all on the eshop.
I tried the demo on steam...you can REALLY tell its aimed more toward kids. Hard to sympathize with character designs like these
I might get it if it goes for free the last day it's on the Eshop, if that happens, but I have no plans on paying for this, seeing as the first season's already free on Netflix.
@TheTyrensianSpy you do realize that is going to be removed from Netflix as well, right?
@Morpheel Fully playable no. You can watch and make the choices but you can't craft like you can on the real games. My kids made me aware of this the other day. It's strictly choices only while the other versions actually have some gameplay.
Digital only future is lookin' great!!!
@Retron You've got quite the gall to ignore the sarcasm and problem at hand, I'll give ya that.
Consumers: "I won't buy digital games because I can get it free at some point anyway"
Devs/Publishers: "Hey guys, we all shut down because people aren't buying our games"
Consumers: "Hey! Why can't I get digital games anymore?"
Physical games last longer than digital. Who would have thought.
@Spoony_Tech That is the game. This isnt the same as “Minecraft”.
Go digital they said, it's the future they said
and another reason why i prefer Physical over Digital
I had it on my wish list forever but it won’t let me purchase it now. What gives?
@brandonbwii When products are delisted, they may be removed earlier than the date given. For example Sony Europe is infamous for removing delisted content weeks before it should be removed.
@Hikingguy Mine works fine. I did buy a physical copy though.
Not like anyone cared about Story Mode 👊👉🐔
More reasons to see digital distribution as glorified rentals.
The reason I still mostly like physical versions of games, movies and music, is mainly one of CONTROL. My collections are under MY control, not under management by a third party that can decide for me what I can or can't play, listen, watch or read.
Now, that being said, I think digital distribution has a place, provided it is priced accordingly. And by "priced accordingly" I mean taking into consideration the fact that the product you buy has more in common with an "indefinite" rental than the "purchase" of a product. Sure, digital comes with convenience, but it also comes with an arbitrary and unknown expiration date you agree to when you actually buy it. Physical products might not be as convenient, but at least they're not going to vanish in thin air as long as you take proper care of your collection.
And for those replying about "torrents" and emulation, I get your point, but it still doesn't negate the fact that a digital product you paid for is rendered unavailable if you ever need to access it again, not mentionning the fact that torrenting games like this, even when not distributed anymore, is still considered illegal.
If digital is to be seen as a viable option, a company shouldn't remove the ability for people to download a product they PAID FOR. Prevent people from buying it by removing it from a store if you like, but those who bought it should always be able to download it.
Right now, digital is the future only if you don't have a problem paying full price for glorified indefinite rentals. Fine if that's ok with you, but as a person that often go back to play older games, I'm not really 100% fine with it.
@Aozz101x It will always exist as long as there is internet.
@Realnoize This is why publishers need to step up and make universal game licences that last cross generation and on all platforms they are released on and stop nickle and diming us when console hardware is largely the same every generation now.
@Heavyarms55 Picked it up for my kids around the holidays on Switch. I double checked and the Switch version did release late enough that all content is on the cartridge, so despite it not being listed as the "Complete Adventure" season two on Switch does have all of the episodes without need of individual downloads. For this reason the Switch version may end up becoming the most valuable of the Minecraft Story Mode Season Two physical releases.
and people still think digital is superior over physical, at least concerning legitimacy anyways.
Right now, digital distribution isn't really pro-consumer. The MAIN problem with it is that the consumer is giving complete control over its library to a third party who can simply flick a switch and deny access to purchased content. Sure, in some cases, like on the Switch, one can download the purchases and keep it on SD cards, but as far as I know (and correct me if I'm wrong), there is no easy way for someone to back up their purchases and manage them by themselves (backing them to let's say, an external HDD and restoring the games you want to your console).
For example, most of my music, I ripped myself from CDs and vinyls and cmopressed them into FLAC or MP3 files. I keep multiple backups, plus the original media. I'll never be denied access by anyone to what I legitimately purchased.
I started doing the same with my movie collection (I have boxes and boxes of DVDs and Blu-Ray discs). I have a server at home for the resulting files, and I can ALWAYS go back to the physical copy if I need it.
Also, regarding music and books and movies (and even some games on PC), there are alternatives out there without DRM. You purchase it, you keep the files, and you use them with whatever device can play or view them. Do your backups, and don't depend on a third party for access.
Now, I still have a netflix sub and other services as well, but I view these as rentals, and price is in line with this. But anything online that has strict DRM and doesn't allow me to manage myself, it needs to be priced accordingly to me. So I usually buy most digital stuff when on sale (by a good %, I might add).
@Realnoize That is why we need regulations to force publishers to create licenses for their games that last more than one generation and for just one platform. Multi platform/generation licencing needs to happen if we are to move into an all digital age to protect the consumer. Buy a game from a publisher and have access to it on all platforms it releases on for true freedom.
@Nico07 I have no idea who you wanted to reply to, but it wasn't me. I said nothing about any of that.
The problem with this is that all companies have their own storefront and profits heavily from it. Sony wouldn't want anyone playing a game on PS4 that they didn't get a dime from because it was bought on an XB1. The other way around is also true. Add Nintendo to the mix as well. And most other PC storefronts too (the gazillion of them with more everyday it seems).
This doesn't mean I wish things were different. But the reality is that this will never happen in the foreseeable future. The reason the PS4 and XB1 pack so much tech in them at this pricepoint is that Sony and Microsoft sell the hardware without making much profit, but rely on software purchases and subscriptions to make money. For a model like the one you propose to work would need the big console juggernauts to not depend so much on the licensing cut they take on every game sold on their platform, which is an impossibility right now because their whole business model depends on it.
BUT, such a thing would have a better chance at succeeding if we talk about retro gaming. Have people legally buy ROMS of popular games, and, like MP3 files, be able to use them in whatever software or device they want. I'm sure some companies like Nintendo wouldn't go along with such a crazy idea, but maybe some other companies would. Still not realistic to expect right now, but still better chances of this happenning in the retro arena than in the full blown console circle...
@Realnoize Well obviously exclusive first party titles would be excluded from that but would still move forward each gen for that particular console manufacturer. Something needs to be done at some point or the market is going to implode on itself. That is why all XBOX One and PS4 software will be moving forward with the move to next gen which his nice, they will be announcing that at E3.
I own this on Wii U, but haven’t opened it yet. Are all episodes on the disc?
[Fans will remember that.]
@RyanSilberman ikr. You will always be able to keep your games. Boooooo
@DJ_Siniestro probably not I was being sarcastic lol.
@Dirty0814 Until the system breaks or you lose your account by other means.
@RyanSilberman ikr. I buy physical myself unless it is something that I cannot get physically like hollow Knight but like it, it is coming out physically and will be buying it again just so I have that peace of mind.
We have Minecraft story mode for the Wii u. It's a disc yet our Wii u can't read it. We also bought all the episodes on our Apple iPad and can't play any of those (digital download, or app) I would have thought the game on the disc would still work even if they are shutting it down?
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