Cobalt Will Have a Minecraft-style Release Method
At the Cobalt and Scrolls panel at Minecon this evening, we got a look at Cobalt for what feels like the first time, and one of the developers, whose name I won’t even try to spell, revealed that the side-scrolling actioner will follow the Minecraft release schedule.
What that means, essentially, is that they’ll let you play the game in alpha for a pre-order price, which will get you the game and all subsequent updates including the eventual 1.0 release. They didn’t say how long the game would be in a pre-1.0 state or when we would be able to get our hands on it, except to say the alpha release could be out any time from two to six months from now.
This makes me happy, of course, thought there’s no telling if this release method will work for his game. Minecraft is kind of a flash in the pan, and so it would be difficult to replicate that game’s success in the long term. We’ll see.