Make no mistake, if something gets popular enough, more and more people will attempt to capitalize off said product. Not to say that it’s unfair, or illegal to do such a thing, it’s just what happens in our society. Such is how genre’s like the “roguelike” have even spawned in the first place. So it really comes as no surprise that a new game is coming out which mimics Minecraft – which itself mimicked many other games — called FortressCraft.
Of course, merely mimicking another game isn’t really all that important. FortressCraft, were is just another PC client, would be pretty uninteresting story. What makes FortressCraft important, and makes me interested in playing it, is that the game is set for an Xbox Live Indie Games release next month. Yes, that’s right, all the fun of building and mining, but on your Xbox 360.
Unfortunately, there’s bound to be a certain amount of controversy surrounding this game. Not only is the gameplay remarkably similar, but the game even borrows the same “Craft” title. I really wouldn’t be surprised if somebody launches a “boycott FotressCraft” movement somewhere on the internet (Minecraft fans are quite loyal, y’know). Still, I’m excited. If for nothing else I’d love to build and mine from the comfort of my own couch…
FortressCraft will be out next month on Xbox Live Indie Games for either 80 or 240 MS points (pricing has yet to be decided) and will feature up to 32 players at a time.