In an interview with Touch Arcade, Mojang’s Chief Word Officer Owen Hill revealed that they intend to launch the game next month. Scrolls has been in open beta since 2013, but has gone slightly unnoticed due to a lawsuit from Bethesda Softworks, Mojang’s insanely popular Minecraft, and a recent buyout by Microsoft for $2.5 billion.
At its heart, Scrolls is a collectable card battling game with a few new tweaks to the familiar formula. You can build decks, create spells and structures, and battle other players online. What separates Scrolls from similar games of the genre is the hexagonal board that the matches take place on. This adds another layer of strategy where positioning and moving your units smartly may be the difference between victory and defeat.
Hill emphasizes that although the game will now be out of beta, Mojang fully intends to support the game with new content post-launch. Players can expect new cards, features, and units to be coming after the game is released. Whether this content will be free or not remains to be seen.
Mojang currently plans to release Scrolls on PC, Mac, and iOS and Android tablets. iOS and Android phone ports should be coming sometime in 2015.
Mojang is a special kind of developer, and as evidenced by Minecraft, they have the talent and ideas to create titles that transcend the traditional gaming experience. Personally, I’ve never really been into card games, but being a big Minecraft fan, I think I’m gonna give this one go once it drops in late November.
Elijah Oguma is an associate writer for MONG and is truly a Middle of Nowhere Gamer on Oahu, Hawaii. You can follow him on Twitter.