World War Z author and comic writer Max Brooks is teaming up with Mojang to write a new blocky adventure. Minecraft: The Island is a story about a hero being stranded on what appears to be a deserted island and attempting to survive. As Marsh Davies from Mojang puts it in the announcement blog post, it’s a “cuboid Robinson Crusoe, but madder.”
Maximillian Michael Brooks, also known as Max, is a 44-year-old best-selling author more commonly known for his American horror. Oftentimes, he’s written about zombies which fits right in with the Minecraft universe. He loves playing the game and in a statement about the upcoming book, he said “I’m very excited to be part of this new venture. Finally, I can justify all those hours I’ve spent playing Minecraft.”
The title will be added to the growing list of Minecraft literature. Just last month we saw the release of The Survivor’s Book of Secrets in the U.S. They also have a series of handbooks for combat, redstone, building, etc. and of course the Minecraft Blockopedia. Unfortunately, these sort of ‘factual’ books can quickly fall out of date given how often Minecraft builds onto its game with more and more content.
Both Lydia Winters from Mojang and Keith Clayton from Del Rey Publishing expressed their excitement for Max Brook’s new book.
“From our first meeting with Max, we knew he would be a perfect fit for our first foray into novels based on Minecraft,” said Lydia Winters, Brand Director of Mojang. “His enthusiasm and understanding of all things related to the game bring out the sense of wonder and possibility that so many players love about Minecraft – ourselves included.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with the fantastic team at Mojang on what will be the first ever official Minecraft novels,” said Keith Clayton, VP, Associate Publisher at Del Rey, “and we’re so fortunate to have someone of Max’s incredible talent and passion on board for the launch of the series.”
From the way it sounds, this might be the first of many novels. Minecraft: The Island is expected to be a page turner with action, mystery, and adventure. Little else is known about it such as a release date or expected price.Further reading: Microsoft, Minecon 2016, Minecraft, Mojang