Mojang, the Stockholm based game studio that gifted the world with Minecraft, announced on Monday that Max Brooks – author of World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide and the graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters – is writing a book based on the game. The book is entitled Minecraft: The Island and will be the first in a planned series of novels.
The announcement, written by Marsh Davies, describes the novel as “Think cuboid Robinson Crusoe, but madder: a hero stranded in an unfamiliar land, with unfamiliar rules, learning to survive against tremendous odds.”
In the announcement Brooks is quoted as saying;
“I’m very excited to be part of this new venture. Finally I can justify all those hours I’ve spent playing Minecraft.”
The announcement also quotes Lydia Winters, Brand Director of Mojang;
“From our first meeting with Max, we knew he would be a perfect fit for our first foray into novels based on Minecraft. 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.”
There is also a Minecraft film currently in the development at Warner Bros. and set for release in 2019.