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Mojang’s Scrolls gets a launch trailer

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Scrolls, the first game from Minecraft developer Mojang that isn’t Minecraft related has a release date – and you’ll soon be able to take your card-based battles to PC and Mac. It’ll be playable from June 3rd, or just a little under a week – but you’ll have to pay for that privilege.

“We also have a confirmed release date,” says the game’s official site. “Scrolls will hit Open Beta on June 3rd, one week from today. You’ll be able to buy Scrolls for £13/€15/$20, depending on where you live. It will be available for PC and Mac.”

I’ve never been keen on the idea of a paid beta – and one for a niche card-battling turn-based strategy kind of gets my ire up. that said, I’ve recently fallen in love with the frankly incredible Fire Emblem: Awakening on the 3DS and this is looking like it’ll fit nicely in my wheelhouse.

I have to wonder though; would anybody really give a damn about this game if it wasn’t from “the people who brought you Minecraft?”

Last Updated: May 28, 2013


  1. Rince an repeat

    May 28, 2013 at 19:24

    Let me get this straight. YOU pay to test their game? Or does beta mean something different now?


    • Andre116

      May 28, 2013 at 20:00

      Shut up dude. If you say it out loud like that, Microsoft might hear and start charging us to play demos, because apparently people will pay for that sort of stuff.


      • Rince an repeat

        May 28, 2013 at 20:05

        Haha. This is true. I mean, it’s not like we get day one patches… Oh…


    • Tasty peas mixed with porridge

      May 29, 2013 at 08:05

      Skyrim? We also helped Microsoft Beta test the 360 for 3 years :p


      • Rince an repeat

        May 29, 2013 at 08:59

        Hahahah! Indeed!


    • Gideon Venter

      May 29, 2013 at 09:14

      We payed for the Minecraft beta too. And I have to say, If I look at hours played over cost, it’s one of the cheapest games I’ve ever bought. Barring maybe Guitar Hero


      • Rinceandspit...

        May 29, 2013 at 09:21

        Ah, okay. But you don’t think that is a little cheeky? I mean, it helps with developmental costs for the shizzle, but I can’t help but think charging people to test your game is a bit cheeky…


        • Gideon Venter

          May 29, 2013 at 09:30

          You do not have to purchase it…

          A little facetious of me, but… Yeah. Wait til it is released, if you do not wish to be part of the beta testing. Historically though (Yes, we have only minecraft to look at, but bear with me) Mojang has paid a lot of attention to the beta player feedback, and kept adding features to their game long after release, never charging for an expansion.

          Also, R150 +- isn’t all that expensive. It’s likely a reduced price, and means you’ll get the release version for free.


          • Rinceandspit...

            May 29, 2013 at 09:34

            I’ve been thinking about it this morning actually, and in the clear(ish) light of day I note I have missed a very valid point. That by asking people to pay for it, you are cutting our a HUGE percentage of trolls, and noobs, who would otherwise clog up the system with their bullshit. So yes, I can see how and why one would charge a very small (as you said, R150) for the right to be taken seriously…

          • Gideon Venter

            May 29, 2013 at 09:57

            Very good point, I did not even consider that aspect.

      • mancera

        May 29, 2013 at 10:30

        yeah… and they pr’d it as basically paying a pre-order price, because you got full access after release… but they could at least let me get the xbla version too :/


  2. ElimiNathan

    May 28, 2013 at 19:54

    Hmm not sure what to think of this one, not really into the card games but still keen to give it a try


  3. Nick

    May 28, 2013 at 23:16

    Lots of games have buy in open beta’s. Often referred to as “founder packs”. Generally gets you some swag, sure this will be no different.


  4. TiMsTeR1033

    May 29, 2013 at 07:22

    No thanks, card games suck and bore the living shit outta me


  5. matthurstrsa

    May 29, 2013 at 07:27

    I have to wonder though; would anybody really give a damn about this game if it wasn’t from “the people who brought you Minecraft?

    I still don’t give a damn. Why am I reading the article then you ask? It’s called procrastination, deal with it.


    • Brady miaau

      May 29, 2013 at 07:49

      preach, choir, all that. Well said


  6. Umar No Shana

    May 29, 2013 at 07:41

    I firmly believe in the heart of the cards


  7. Trevor Davies

    May 29, 2013 at 08:29

    I like card games, but $20 for a beta? No thanks.


  8. Sam Lance

    May 29, 2013 at 16:15

    This is just about the last thing that Geoffrey mentioned about people actually taking the game seriously. I have to agree, but then again is that not how the world works, you do something to make you famous and there on out whatever you do is noticed and people pay attention to it, so I honestly dont think the game would be taken seriously, were it not for Mojhang.


  9. Griffiana

    June 7, 2013 at 22:34

    Scrolls is actually very good. I don’t regret paying R200 for it at all. It’s fun, the card selection is small, sure. But overall it’s deeper than it seems.


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