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Minecon 2015: All The Big Announcements

Few video games get their own annual convention, but few video games are Minecraft. Minecon 2015 just wrapped up in London, leaving fans of Mojang's massive crafting game with tons to be excited about. This year's convention provided a glimpse into how Windows 10 will change the Minecraft experience, and even marked the gameplay debut of a brand-new spin on the series. If you're eager to learn how the Microsoft-owned, world-building game is evolving, here's all the big news you missed.

Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition

When Windows 10 arrives on July 29, a brand-new version of Minecraft will arrive alongside it. Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition brings a slew of fresh features to the PC version of the game, including PC-to-mobile multiplayer, 8-person online play and multiple input support, meaning you'll be able to switch seamlessly between a gamepad, touchscreen or keyboard.

This beefed-up version of Minecraft will also benefit from Windows 10's Xbox app, including the ability to record and share gameplay clips via GameDVR. The beta version of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition will be free for anyone who owns the PC version of the game; everyone else can get in on the fun for just $10.

Minecraft: Story Mode

Telltale Games has delivered gripping adventure titles based on properties such as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, but we weren't sure what to expect from the developer's take on Minecraft. Fortunately, if Minecraft: Story Mode's debut gameplay trailer is any indication, fans of both Minecraft and Telltale are in for a real treat.

Minecraft: Story Mode blends Telltale's cinematic, player-driven narrative style with Minecraft's blocky worlds and characters, resulting in a charming concoction that brings The Lego Movie to mind. Look forward to swordplay, magic and lots of green pixelated zombies when the game launches "soon" for PC, Mac, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS and Android.

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New Minecraft Features

Admist all the big announcements, Mojang made sure to tease plenty of notable tweaks to the core Minecraft game, according to IGN's recap of the event's Upcoming Features panel. One major new feature is dual-wielding, which will let players hold two items at once for easier crafting and combat. 

Bow-wielding players can look forward to new arrow types, including enchanted arrows and glow arrows, the latter of which would place a giant target on enemies. Popular (and dangerous) Minecraft location The End will be upgraded from a small island to a fully realized environment, filled with more goodies for players to discover.

The game's final boss, the Ender Dragon, will be modified on the PC version to provide the same challenge that console players currently enjoy. Speaking of challenges, Mojang announced that players will have to create an all-new kind of portal to get to The End. Lastly, Mojang plans on upgrading the Pocket Edition of the game to bring it up to speed with the console and PC versions of Minecraft, with interface improvements and new features, such as gamepad support.

Mike Andronico is an Associate Editor at Tom's Guide. Follow Mike @MikeAndronico. Follow us @TomsGuide, on Facebook and on Google+.