Minecraft Dungeons is Coming to Arcades

03/05/2021 - 12:30 | By: Robert N. Adams
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Mojang has announced that a Minecraft Dungeons arcade machine has been produced, and that's not all — the first wave of these arcade machines is currently being distributed to select locations in North America.

Minecraft Dungeons is an action RPG that's set within the Minecraft universe. The game has proven to be pretty popular on PC and consoles, and it looks like Mojang is expanding to yet another platform that's probably had a pretty hard time over the last year: arcades.

Minecraft Dungeons Arcade cards
Players will be able to collect physical cards to enhance their gear in the arcade version.

How the Minecraft Dungeons Arcade Works

The Minecraft Dungeons arcade cabinet will provide a largely similar gameplay experience to what you might expect from the PC or console version, although it will have some key differences.

"[It’s] about intensity of the moment, and surviving as long as possible – an intense burst of fun!" – Will Carlin, Creative Director at Play Mechanix 

To start, you'll have to pay credits to play this game as you would with any other game at an arcade, although how the credits system works isn't explained in today's announcement. You (and the other players) will have a score and the game's UI will be changed to accommodate four players at the same time.

 
 

However, you will also get a physical benefit for playing the game. Each play session will entitle you to a physical card that can be used to change your gear. There will be a total of 60 cards for players to collect in all. A total of five cards can be scanned to equip you with cool gear for future game sessions.

Minecraft Dungeons Arcade slice

When Will the Minecraft Dungeons Arcade Cabinet Come to a Location Near Me?

The first wave of Minecraft Dungeons arcade cabinets is already heading out to select locations right now. Unfortunately, no details were provided on which locations are getting these machines first or how many machines each location will get. What is clear, however, is that the first wave of testing machines is going to arcades with appropriate health rules in place to protect players against COVID-19.

More arcade cabinets will be distributed across the country later in the year. There's not yet any word on whether or not these machines will make their way to arcades outside of North America, but I wouldn't be surprised to see these start popping up in Europe and Asia in the coming years.

What do you think of the Minecraft Dungeons arcade cabinet? Do you think this is a good fit for the arcade experience? Let us know in the comments below!


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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!