Minecraft: Story Mode Ep 5 Decamps To Sky City

The fifth episode of the Telltale episodic adventure Minecraft: Story Mode [official site] is out now – it was due to be the final episode but Telltale are now going to do an extra three episodes as DLC not covered by the season pass. So a kind of epilogue, I guess? Or maybe a mini adventure? Or maybe we will watch a man patting trees down in order to make a table for a while?

The latter is probably why I am not working at Telltale as a story creator. ANYWAY. Episode 5 has a trailer:

I’m going to confess that I am not up to date with Minecraft: Story Mode. I’m not even up to date with regular Minecraft, which is something I will need to change at some point so my niece can think I’m cool. At the moment I’m just coasting on knowing the lyrics to all the Frozen songs.

BUT I have watched the trailer and something is going down in Sky City which seems to involve a kind of authoritarian regime hovering in the sky and a ban on building wherever you fancy. Also an evil guy called Aiden.

As an old and out of touch person I sometimes feel like it would be nice to have building regulations in Minecraft so that fellow server dwellers couldn’t just turn up and build a quarry somewhere *I* was going to build a fishing lake or a rollercoaster.

Also punishments for people who, just to pick a completely random and hypothetical situation out of the air, come over to your awesome disco hall complete with flashing light blocks in the floor which you spent ages getting material from the Nether to build and then there’s an explosion and you find out they were being followed by a creeper and the whole thing is a ruined mess. For example.

Anyway, I feel like I’m at least a little bit on the side of the Sky City government regime. They have to come up with conservation programs for a skyborne city, for goodness sake. Perhaps they will turn out to be secretly good in the end.


“On a tip from Ivor, Jesse and friends head to an abandoned temple holding mysterious treasures. Ambushed by former Ocelot Aiden and his crew, our heroes find themselves in an entirely new world: Sky City! As they explore, the Order finds that resources are at a premium, and nothing but ‘The Void’ exists below the known world. When Aiden convinces Sky City’s ruler that the New Order of the Stone are up to no good, you’ll need to make some tough choices to clear your name, and keep Aiden from destroying an innocent world.”

I don’t really understand what a “former Ocelot” is. Is he a man who used to be a cat? Is that something from a new patch? Is an Ocelot with a capital O a faction? Did his name used to be Ocelot? So many questions.

God, I’m so uncool.

Disclaimer: A good friend of mine – Marsh Davies – now works over at Mojang. The last time we spoke in any depth about Minecraft was in 2014 when I cried on a podcast we were both on (I was a guest) because I was so upset about a cube-world recreation of an artwork by Christopher Nevinson. You might also know him from his Premature Evaluation alt-text-stravaganzas on RPS, his illustration work and his various other games-related shenanigans. I’m now wondering if I warned him about the Swedish salt liquorice situation. Oh well, he’ll just have to find out about that on his own.

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  1. Slazia says:

    The trailer kinda reminds me of the recent LEGO movie, which I quite enjoyed. I admit, I was stuck on a plane when I watched it, but…

    I could see how this might be fun.

  2. GameCat says:

    As an old and out of touch person I sometimes feel like it would be nice to have building regulations in Minecraft so that fellow server dwellers couldn’t just turn up and build a quarry somewhere *I* was going to build a fishing lake or a rollercoaster.
    May I see your fishing license, rollercoaster permit, safety certificate and license for running dangerous contraptions? I think this diamond sword of yours is against the law too. Please step this way.


  3. brucethemoose says:

    “Sky City”?

    Years ago, soon after a popular public MC server called Muttsworldmine reset the overworld, I joined the server. Near spawn, I built a single cobblestone/ladder tower from max height to bedrock, and built a little home + path at the top. Eventually, a few other people wanted to be neighbors, and I plopped a sign down at the base of the ladder saying “Welcome to Sky City”.

    I burnt out, got busy, didn’t play for awhile. Awhile later (was it weeks? months? can’t remember), I remembered the server, checked out the dynamap (or whatever it was called back then) to look for my ladder, and this MASSIVE cobblestone metropolis was covering where the ladder used to be.

    So I started walking towards it from spawn… The sky started to darken until it was basically black everywhere, and I saw my old ladder still intact.

    Without messing with my base or ladder, players had DRAMATICALLY extended my little cobblestone walkway in the sky, and turned it into a whole neighborhood. My house was still there, and so was the Sky City sign.

    … Maybe I’m the progenitor being from the trailer? Neat!

    • Jeroen D Stout says:

      Blimey. You are one of the First Ones, laying the foundation for the Younger Races… then, you got bored and left the galaxy to its own devices. Only to return, at the time of uttermost need…

  4. Monggerel says:

    Everyone should play Minecraft Story Mode. It’s incredible, in the proper sense of the word.

  5. Darth Gangrel says:

    Swedish salt liquorice is great, coming from a Swede.