Minecraft: Legends turns blocky overworld into an RTS

Minecraft Legends SGF 2022
(Image credit: Mojang)

Mojang has announced a new Minecraft game and it turns the blocky overworld into the battleground for a real-time strategy game.

While Minecraft has proven itself to be endlessly malleable thanks to the ingenuity of modders, it’s excellent to see Mojang return to its world from a new perspective, turning its chunky world into a whole new genre. In Minecraft: Legends you take on the role of a commander rallying the different mobs of Minecraft to face off against an army of invading pig men.

Rather than a straight RTS, putting you in the god’s eye view over the battlefield, it looks like Mojang will keep you closer to the action in Minecraft: Legends, opting instead for a third-person perspective. This is the kind of genre-bending we saw a lot of in the ‘90s and early ‘00s with games like Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Hostile Waters, and Sacrifice. That was peak strategy games for me, so I love to see if coming back.

See Minecraft: Legends in action in the trailer below:

While the trailer is largely cinematic, we do get a sense of some of the action in Minecraft: Legends. You’ll control a single commander in the battlefield, racing around the map on horseback, building fortifications, and rallying troops. It also looks like you’ll be directing your troops with a system similar to the Pikmin games, broadly directing a huddle of mobs, rather than drag-dropping selection boxes over them.

It could make for a bit of a messy game but also speaks to Mojang trying to give you a simpler control method than more hardcore RTS games like StarCraft. We won’t have too long to wait to play Minecraft: Legends, Microsoft confirms it will be due out in 2023.

Julian Benson
Contributor, TechRadar Gaming

Julian's been writing about video games for more than a decade. In that time, he's always been drawn to the strange intersections between gaming and the real world, like when he interviewed a NASA scientist who had become a Space Pope in EVE Online,  or when he traveled to Ukraine to interview game developers involved in the 2014 revolution, or that time he tore his trousers while playing Just Dance with a developer.