Dan ‘DanTDM’ Middleton has announced that he’ll be embarking on his toughest challenge yet in his new “ultra hardcore” Minecraft YouTube series.
Despite being over a decade old, Mojang’s open-world sandbox title is still one of the most popular titles across all platforms, with millions of people logging in each year to create, design and survival in a randomly generated world.
Thanks to YouTubers such as Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg and Tom 'Syndicate’ Cassell with his fan-favored ‘Minecraft Project’ series, the Minecraft flag is still flying high on the Google-owned platform.
Another YouTuber responsible for Minecraft’s massive popularity is DanTDM, formerly known as 'The Diamond Minecart,' — who boasts over 22 million subscribers on YouTube alone thanks to his engaging gameplay and entertaining series.
And after ‘completing’ Minecraft by ticking off all of the in-game challenges (in a hardcore run no less), Dan is embarking on his next escapade — ultra hardcore Minecraft.
What is ultra hardcore Minecraft, you might ask? Essentially, the 28-year-old is starting from scratch, but taking his flagship ‘hardcore’ series “to the next level.”
His brand-new hardcore world is now decked out with 342 mods, which are designed to make life much more difficult for the YouTuber.
According to DanTDM, the vast majority of his mods will insert new creatures he'll need to battle and dimensions to explore into the world, all of which will prove to be much more problematic than the challenges players face in the base version of the game.
To give himself a fighting chance though, the YouTuber is also utilizing two mods to help his quest: one to craft 'Totems of Undying' and another which will allow him to gain more hearts.
While loading into the new world, Dan pleaded not to land on an island (due to the limited resources). Of course, he immediately jinxed himself with the comment, as the Minecraft gods placed him in one of the worst possible spawn points — off the edge of a cliff, and on an island.
Despite a poor start, Middleton made good headway and managed to craft a set of iron tools and a plethora of harvesting materials, that should put him in good stead for the rest of the series.