Launched into open-beta last June, Scrolls is a $21 trading card game in which players utilize scrolls (cards) to battle other players on a chess-like battle board. Each scroll can summon a creature out onto the battlefield or cast a spell of some sort. I picked the game up, shortly after release, and wrote a bit about my initial thoughts.
Now, over four months later, Scrolls’ developer Mojang, has used one of the industry’s favorite buzz phrases: free-to-play, in regards to the future of the game.
“We do not close [the door] for making Scrolls a free game in the future if that’s what is needed to attract more players. That is how most other collectible card games work today, it may have already become such a standard that it’s hard for us to break,” said Jakob Porser, co-founder of Mojang, in an interview with IT24.
Porser also commented that Mojang really doesn’t want to take the free-to-play route with their game, saying that they don’t want to sell “expensive things, just because there are people willing to buy them.”
However, the free-to-play option is certainly on the horizon, considering the rather staggering decline in new players. According to Porser, Scrolls sold an amazing 100,000 copies in it’s first month. Since then, the game has only sold an additional 10,000 copies. While ten-thousand copies is a number that would cause the majority of indie developers to celebrate , Mojang has some big competition about to enter center stage in the TCG scene: Blizzard’s Hearthstone, a Warcraft-themed trading card game. Hearthstone is set to be free-to-play and is currently in beta.
In the meantime, Mojang is busy patching Scrolls (since the game is still technically a beta version) and adding in new content. A recent major patch added in over 40 new scrolls, as well as new game modes and spectating tools. Mojang is also developing Scrolls for mobile devices, but no word on release dates.
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[Source: IT24, via GamesIndustry.biz]
Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Mojang Toys With Free-To-Play Option For ‘Scrolls’