Minecraft Legends is now ending development for any new content, according to a new blog posted today on the Minecraft site.
The team specifically says they’re “now going to take a step back from development”.
They did not give a concrete reason, simply stating that they have now completed “a series of changes and tweaks” that improved the game. They pinned the update on the game’s Twitter feed.
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The news comes just months after Microsoft also decided to end support for Minecraft Dungeons.
The farewell message for Minecraft Dungeons sounds similar, even identical at times, to today’s parting message from Minecraft Legends.
The blog for Minecraft Legends also mentions they will “continue…bringing new experiences to the Minecraft universe”. This will ring just a bit hollow for those who did enjoy the game.
However, sunsetting new content for Minecraft Legends may not come as a surprise. The game did struggle with mixed reviews.
Some complaints cited a lack of content, technical issues, and more. Minecraft Legends may have also streamlined its blend of genres a bit too much, leaving less room for gameplay depth.
But there have been frequent updates in response to community feedback, including a major free update in November 2023.
According to today’s blog, players will still get to access Lost Legends challenges, as well as PvP and co-op gameplay. The team will also “continue to offer technical support to players”.
So, although the game isn’t releasing anything new, fans can still play it normally. Players can also gain the final Bright-Eyed Hero skin on the Minecraft Legends Marketplace today.
Ending Minecraft Legends support doesn’t seem to bode well for any future Minecraft spin-offs that would attempt to experiment with different genres.
For more on the classic Minecraft franchise, you can read about Jack Black being cast in the Minecraft movie as Steve.