Mojang doesn’t pop up in the news as much as it used to, but a $US2.5 billion acquisition by Microsoft is a hard act to follow when it comes to dominating headlines. Despite Minecraft being its star product, the studio has been working away on another game, called Scrolls, that combines Heroes of Might and Magic‘s battle system with a collectible card game. It comes out on the 11th, by the way.
It’s been in beta for quite some time, but come late next week, it’ll be released as an official thing, according to Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips. PC, Mac and Android gamers will be able to grab it for $US5, though the title does include micro-transactions.
That said, Mojang has taken a different tack with the whole charging-you-constantly-for-stuff philosophy:
“We restrict how much you can spend to retain game balance,” Mojang has explained. “This sounds unlikely, but you really don’t have to spend more than the cost of Scrolls ($4.99) to progress.
Which is nice. It’s very much in conflict with the traditional “leech you dry” approach and it’ll be interesting to see how it works for Scrolls.
Something to note: Scrolls will be launching at a potentially bad time, with Hearthstone‘s second expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes, coming out in just a few days. But who knows — it could help having a bunch of players catching the CCG bug at once.