Earlier today, Markus Persson, perhaps better known on the internet by his pseudonym “Notch”, simply tweeted the URL to Mojang’s next title, Scrolls. When the linked page loaded, the curious were greeted with a much more exciting message: “We’ve hit open beta! Scrolls is now on-sale!” And the Scrolls store has been bogged down ever since.
Announced in 2011, Scrolls is a digital collectable card game where players battle in a fantasy world, attempting to destroy their opponent’s idols. Lose three idols, and it is game over. Players collect resources in order to play other creature/spell/structure/enchantment cards and put them out on the battlefield. As Mojang continues to develop Scrolls, they promise to continually add in new “scrolls” (cards) for players to get their hands on. A built-in deck builder allows players to strategically construct a deck, based on what cards they own.
As of earlier today, Mojang has opened pre-orders for Scrolls at $20/£13/€15 respectively. Pre-ordering Scrolls grants instant access to the current beta build.
“It’s not feature complete,” Mojang comments in a related announcement, “but there’s still plenty to get your teeth into. Buy it at this discounted price and you’ll get future updates for free. It’s like that other game, the one with Creepers.”
The beta includes access to the game’s store, the twenty-five “trials” (challenge levels) currently available, the multiplayer trading community, the ability to participate in quick matches, challenge matches, and ranked matches, and finally players will be able to setup their personal profile. Players can immediately start earning gold to use in the Scrolls store (Mojang has made it clear that everything in the store can be bought with the earned in-game currency: gold) to unlock additional cards to construct new decks, or improve upon existing decks.
“You can access all our content and play Scrolls competitively without using our secondary currency – shards. They’re completely optional,” explained Mojang in store-specific update post from today. The post goes on to explain the various ways to attain scrolls, from weekly personal specials to expensive pre-constructed decks to randomly generated packs, there are plenty of options for players to spend their gold (or shards) on.
The beta for Scrolls is now available for PC and Mac through the official Scrolls webstore.