Paid Beta for “Scrolls” from Mojang Approaches
Mojang’s Jakob Porser explained on the Scrolls website that the Minecraft developer’s new game is approaching its closed alpha phase, with a paid beta to follow afterward. The alpha will “include multiplayer matches, single player matches vs AI and the Deck Builder, where you can build your decks out of the 100+ scrolls that currently exist in the game.”
The paid beta will function much in the same vein as the one for Minecraft, in that gamers will be able to buy the beta at a reduced price to check things out and help the game grow. The trade-off, of course, is that people who pay for the beta will still be, you know, buying a beta, and therefore an incomplete game.
“Keep in mind, that the beta will not be feature complete. We will still have a big bag of goodies that we plan to include over time, such as an auction house where you may buy or sell scrolls from each other and additional features in the world such as character customization, items, quests and so on. If you’re wondering why we would release a game that’s obviously not finished, the reason is simple: We want your feedback in good time to help us shape Scrolls to be the next big online Collectible Card Game!”
The Scrolls site also linked to the above trailer, and to my eyes, the game actually looks pretty cool. I have basically no idea what’s happening in it, but man…it looks neat. I feel confident that when/if I actually get around to trying it out, I’ll probably get sucked in and obsessed. Which is why I should probably never play it. But I probably will.