‘Minecraft’ Latest News & Update: Free Story Mode Episode 1 Available On Steam; Holiday Update To Bring Massive Changes

By RG Ferrer , Updated Nov 25, 2016 06:10 PM EST

Video game lovers who missed the first installment of "Minecraft: Story Mode" can now download episode one for free on Steam. Meanwhile, an upcoming patch will introduce several enhancements and tweaks to the game's "Minecraft" console versions.

"Minecraft" fans now have the chance to get episode one of Telltale's "Story Mode" for free, according to PC Gamer. Initially released for free in October, many gamers were disappointed to discover that it was only open for Windows 10 users. However, the same episode is now available on Steam with the same zero price tag but for a limited time period.

The first in an eight-episode saga, "Minecraft: Story Mode episode 1" featured the adventures of the protagonist named Jesse. With the option to choose between a male and female version, players will be tasked to complete a challenging quest.

"Minecraft" gamers will embark on a mission to find the legendary Order of the Stone. Identified as the world's only hope, Jesse and his friends will face several challenges and villainous characters as they travel in various in-game worlds.

Meanwhile, "Minecraft: Story Mode" is a special episodic series created in collaboration between game creator Mojang and Telltale Games. Originally released in October 2015, it allows gamers to make their own decisions that will impact the story and its characters.

In other news, Mojang recently unveiled its planned update for the game's Xbox and PlayStation versions. In an announcement posted on the gaming company's website, several new items, blocks, status effects and enhancements are in store for "Minecraft" console owners.

Some of these enhancements include the ability to craft Lingering Potions by using Dragon's Breath, a perfect deterrent against pursuers. An insectoid glider named the Elytra will also be added to the "Minecraft" console versions, as well as the addition of End Cities.

With Purpur blocks, Chorus Plants and End Ships, gamers can explore the various structures in the Ender Cities, as well as mine some of its materials. "Minecraft" console gamers will also meet new enemies, namely the Shulkers, whose weapon includes a homing rocket.

The "Minecraft" holiday update for Xbox and PlayStation consoles is expected for release in late December. Learn more about the game and its various crafting recipes in the clip below:

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