Mojang will Publish Cobalt on Friday … Maybe
Up until now, Mojang has been known for pretty much one thing: creating Minecraft and making buttloads of money from it, before the thing even got finished. But the publisher is looking to publish its first third-party game, Cobalt. According to an interview posted on Edge from Monday, the game will be released on Friday, as long as Mojang “can tie up a few loose ends.”
Said the company’s managing director Carl Manneh about the game developed by Oxeye Game Studio: “We haven’t told anyone [about the release date] yet because we’re aiming for Friday, but we don’t know if we can make it. But I think we can.”
Apparently the last thing to be ironed out is the “single Mojang log-in,” meaning that they’d like gamers to be able to log in to Minecraft and Cobalt using the same account.
The side-scroller will also feature similar roll-out to that of Minecraft, being released in alpha first, with paying users getting all following updates for free. Because of that model, Minecraft was able to gain a huge install-base with this model, and make quite a bit of coin while the game was still actually being developed, so Mojang hopes to find success for Cobalt this way, too.
If nothing else, explains Manneh, Oxeye already has plenty in common with Mojang:
“They’re a great bunch of people and culture-wise it’s a very good fit with Mojang. They like to work in the same way we do, and when we present ideas to each other we’re very much in sync. It’s very easy to work with them.”
Check for the announcement of Cobalt’s release on Mojang’s website, along with some detailed descriptions of what you can expect when you grab it, by the end of the week.