Here's what Minecraft would look like as an RTS

(Image credit: Brendan Sullivan)
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Have you ever put so much effort into a job application that you made an actual game? I sure haven't, but Brendan Sullivan (@artofsully (opens in new tab) on Twitter) did just that (opens in new tab)

As part of an art test for an application to Mojang, Sullivan was asked to "reimagine the look/style of Minecraft for a hypothetical new game." Instead of turning in some mockup concepts as was probably expected, Sullivan "went a bit overboard" and developed an actual prototype for the imagined "Minecraft Tactics."

Unsurprisingly, the concept fits Minecraft perfectly. As Sullivan points out in another tweet, the core task in Minecraft is gathering resources which suits the real-time strategy genre easily. The gifs posted to Sullivan's Twitter timeline show off units being selected to fight one another and mine for resources. There's got to be a "construct additional pylons" joke to be made here.

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Unsurprisingly, Sullivan landed the job at Mojang. Maybe this won't be the last we hear about "Minecraft Tactics" then. With Minecraft already breaking into hack-n-slash loot crawling genre with the upcoming Minecraft Dungeons (opens in new tab), it's possible that Mojang is toying with the idea of breaking Steve and company into even more game types in the future. 

We won't count our creepers before they're hatched, but we can wish Sullivan best of luck on whatever project Mojang assigns, RTS or not.

Lauren Morton
Associate Editor

Lauren started writing for PC Gamer as a freelancer in 2017 while chasing the Dark Souls fashion police and accepted her role as Associate Editor and Chief Minecraft Liker in 2021. She originally started her career in game development and is still fascinated by how games tick in the modding and speedrunning scenes. She likes long books, longer RPGs, multiplayer cryptids, and can't stop playing co-op crafting games.