Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mojang (Minecraft Developer) Announces New Game!

Recently on his blog Notch announced the other game his company has been working on for a while, Scrolls, which will soon be released for alpha testing. Don't expect anything as groundbreaking and new as Minecraft but it certainly looks interesting with plenty of original elements.


The game mixes elements of collectible card games, board games, and strategy games to create something awesome. There really isn't much information at all about the game but by analyzing the page a few things can be revealed. The description mentions exploring a world and destroying the evil within hinting at an open, explorable, RPG like world. Combat seems to be based around summoning monsters using collectible cards and casting spells granted by scrolls; mixing and matching different cards and scrolls to create a powerful force seems to be the main strategic element of the game.
Exactly how combat pans out confuses me slightly. One of the example cards states that all cards next to it are healed at the beginning of the owners turn hinting at a turn based setup; however, the article also mentions outmaneuvering your opponent and using siege weapons to tear through defenses so it doesn't just appear to be a simple turn based card game. I'm looking forward to them creating a unique hybrid combat system.

Mojang also looks to be shooting for a competitive scene for this game; online battles and a ranked laddering system are mentioned as well as "quick, small sized tournaments to world championships!" They are certainly shooting for the stars with this game and if they could achieve even a fraction of the success with this game as they have Minecraft then they will be very well off indeed!

16 comments:

  1. awesome i can't wait to see what else they have up their sleeves.

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  2. Thought you were gonna say MahJong! Followed!
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  3. I'm still waiting for minecraft to become a real game.

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  4. I thought it says Mahjong too

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  5. sounds okay, but like trelin said above, a full minecraft would be better.

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  6. good stuff. I don't play minecraft but I can appreciate the focus on gameplay and creativity. Looking forward to Scrolls :) following!


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  7. Cool, I'm sure the guys behind Minecraft know a thing or two about making cool games.

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  8. if its as good as minecraft i totally gonna buy it

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  9. doesn't seem like it will hold a candle to minecraft

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  10. I'm sure it'll still be popular too.

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  11. Uh, i wanna try the Alpha phase if i get a chance to..
    Sounds like Yu gi oh card game stuff to be honest, but i'll just wait and let em suprise me. :D

    -Koal0r

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  12. Looks like something that could become popular

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  13. It looks interesting, hope we hear more of it before E3.

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  14. looks interesting... Cant wait to see more

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