Minecraft dev's next game enters beta in April

Mojang confirms paid PC beta period for Scrolls targeted for end of next month; developer responds to Blizzard's HearthStone announcement.

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Collectible card game Scrolls, the next project from Minecraft developer Mojang, will launch for the PC through a paid beta next month, the studio has confirmed with Polygon.

"We are aiming for release at the end of April and it's looking pretty good," co-founder Jakob Porser said. "We've been wanting to release it for awhile because we want to have the same sort of development as Minecraft."

"We'll release it early at a discount," he added. "With the help from our community, we'll take the game to the next level and see what we want to do and what they expect out of the game and you can work around that."

Scrolls will initially be released on the PC, with a Mac release to follow. Mojang also has a small team of developers investigating the possibility of bringing the game to Linux.

Porser also responded to Blizzard Entertainment's recent announcement of its own collectible card strategy game HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft. He said that at the end of the day, competition is good for gamers.

"In the end, the consumer gets multiple choices and we have to step our game to try and make the best possible product, the best possible game we can," he said. "If Blizzard makes the better game, then all credit to them and we need to move on to something else."

For more on Scrolls, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

41 comments
Ryoushi06
Ryoushi06

Ain't no body got time for that

Tauu
Tauu

It's a turn-based Dota 2. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not.

Vambran
Vambran

Looks like a "bad" 2D version of either lords. That game came out over 10 years ago.

gMcR
gMcR

looks incredibly boring

Salt_AU
Salt_AU

What phone is this game for?

sargentpsgamer
sargentpsgamer

We have to pay to test if a game is broken now? Oh god don't let EA see this......

EvilShabazz
EvilShabazz

Well, new IP is better than worn-out Warcraft lore <snooze...>...   Blizzard doesn't know how to do anything other than milk (poorly) IP they created more than a decade ago.

megakick
megakick

This look so ugly, looks a like a Atari Jaguar game. PSO III best card game.

Poodger
Poodger

I have been waiting for the beta to this game for a long time. I kept missing out on all the alpha signups. This is a day 1 buy for me for sure.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

Huh...I remember Arcomage being a warning sign of impending doom for New World Computing back in the day.

rasputin177
rasputin177

Seems too complicated and too boring. The Blizzard one was more interesting to me but I will wait until they are both finished.

vadagar1
vadagar1

??? I think im gonna stick to dota 2 ty very much :P

experience_fade
experience_fade

HearthStone is looking better, in my opinion. To be honest, I trust Blizzard more than I trust Mojang to really carve out the deeper, game balancing tweaks necessary to a card game. 

LiquidOcelot145
LiquidOcelot145

>Mojang is making a Beta release for their new game "Scrolls"
>Mojang doesn't realize that Minecraft, their other major game title, is still officially in a Beta stage of development.
>people are still financially support Mojang
>2013

hows that old saying go again? don't bite off more then you can chew?

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

CCGs make for some damn shitty games already, why add more to compost heap?

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

Mojang... not noted for unique game names...

Solace427
Solace427

This looks like a zoned version of MTG if that makes sense. I would need to see a more engaging complex strategic battle. Right now it just bores me.

wezkilla
wezkilla

tbh this looks really bad, i said the same thing about Hearthstone but that looks infinity better than this 

dont care if this is early stages of the game, this is how it looks by the foundations it wont change much it will still look like a free game on the android store 

ziproy
ziproy

In other words we realize Blizzard is completely ripping us off

Poodger
Poodger

@Tauu Uh. No it isn't. It is a collectible card game, and each card is placed on a board. Sort of like a checker/chest and card game hybrid. It resembles a moba game in NO way.

kekejefferis
kekejefferis

@Salt_AU IIRC only avaliable for the Nokia 3210, you can buy a copy by building a time machine and going back to the year 1885, look for a man that calls himself Dr Emmett Brown, he will assist you in obtaining one.

Take some pizza with you it's a long journey.

Poodger
Poodger

@sargentpsgamer Someone never heard of Minecraft development. It is a great system. Reduced price to play a game in earlier stages. Mojang does it really well

Poodger
Poodger

@rasputin177 This one will be deeper. There is another element outside of just cards. The Blizzard one was just colorful and flashy, but ultimately looked like a Magic clone.

blackothh
blackothh

@experience_fade lol you trust blizzard?  I also trust blizzard to turn the card game into the most money sucking machine it can possibly be. the only game they really care about is starcraft 2. that game gets all the love while diablo 3 is left to rot


If i had to choose one to play, i would hands down choose mojang. but i dont really plan on playing either. Ill check out the beta of Mojang tho, who knows it may be good enough to interest me

sargentpsgamer
sargentpsgamer

@Poodger @sargentpsgamer Still don't tell EA. Mojang does it well, next thing you know "come play broken as hell Battlefield 5! Oh buy pay 5 dollars to do it..... and then pay another 60 for half the game, and 50 for the rest!"

Poodger
Poodger

@blackothh @experience_fade I trust Mojang more myself too. Their game has been openly made public (information wise) for a while, and their history with minecraft is a very user friendly one. Blizzard is a money grubbing giant, but Mojang is like the mom and pop store on the corner of the street.


Plus Minecraft is better than anything Blizzard has ever made.

Poodger
Poodger

@sargentpsgamer @Poodger EA might be dastardly enough to use a price scam like that, but Mojang doesn't. As with minecraft, the reduced beta price is the only price you pay. You own the game at that point, and will not have to "repurchase" the game when it is officially released. You just own the game and enjoy it as it receives gradual updates. An enourmous amount of people owned Minecraft long before it "officially" released.

Poodger
Poodger

@dre256x @Poodger It isn't just a "paid beta". You are actually BUYING the game when you buy into the beta. You will not have to purchase the game when it is "officially" released. Mojang releases their games to the public but still labels them "beta". People owned Minecraft for years before it left "beta", and they didn't have to rebuy the game. Anyone who purchases a beta version of a Mojang game owns the game from that point on.

dre256x
dre256x

@Poodger HOw is Blizz a money grubbing and Mojang isn't (cough paid beta).. Every company loves money as it what keep them afloat.   That being said heartstone does LOOK more exciting than this maybe because of the colorful art etc...