A game derived from the Minecraft strategy game is under development at the Minecraft Dungeons studio

A Minecraft RTS spin-off game is in the early stages of development, according to former Giant Bomb editor Jeff Gerstmann.

In a recent livestream (opens in a new tab)shared with Reset (opens in a new tab), Jeff Gerstmann revealed, “There’s a new Minecraft game in development.” The spin-off game is supposed to be a real-time strategy (RTS) game and, according to Gerstmann, Microsoft is currently testing the unannounced title under a codename.

It’s unclear when Microsoft plans to unveil this speculated game, but Gerstmann mentions that it’s in early development due to some unfinished screenshots they’ve seen. Gerstmann also says that players will take control of a “Steve-esque unit” in the Minecraft RTS spin-off and command units around the terrain in a third-person view.

As noted in the Resetera thread, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of some sort of Minecraft spin-off game. In fact, in September 2021, Windows Central (opens in a new tab) revealed that he knows of not one but two “brand new projects” that aren’t Minecraft or Minecraft Dungeons.

Speaking of Minecraft Dungeons, the studio responsible for Minecraft dungeon crawler Double Eleven was recently spotted hiring for multiple positions (opens in a new tab). This includes several that feature the phrase “Major IP, RTS game”, which sounds a lot like a possible Minecraft RTS spin-off game.

Of course, with no confirmation from Double Eleven, Mojang, or Microsoft, it’s best to take this rumor with a grain of salt, at least for now.

Want to know what else Microsoft is quietly working on? Find out when to tune in to the Xbox and Bethesda showcase this weekend with our not quite-E3 2022 schedule.