Minecraft Creator Mojang Working On Digital Trading Card Game

I’ve been wondering for the past year now, as Mojang continued to roll in the dough and expand its staff, when they would work on something other than Minecraft. Sure, Minecraft is a cash cow, and it’ll only get bigger on handhelds, but you’d think at some point they’d want to make something new.

That assumption is, as it turns out, warranted, because Mojang has announced at GDC that they are working on a new game. It’s called Scrolls, and it’s something of a digital trading card game/board game mash-up. Here’s how Mojang’s Jacob Porser describes it:

Five years ago, me and Markus “Notch” Persson started talking about a game we felt was missing in the gaming market. A game we desperately wanted to play, but was unable to as it had not yet been developed. The game we envisioned had elements from the collectible card game genre as well as from traditional board games. It would be a strategic game with a strong foundation in tactical game play but with a touch of random and chance guaranteeing a never ending stream of curve balls. You would control the outcome of battle by creating, modifying and refining your arsenal to overcome the obstacles in your path. The game would challenge you with ever changing content and let you explore the world and cleanse the lands of harm, one monster at the time. It would give you the opportunity to test yourself with your peers by battling other players using a long list of tournament templates ranging from friendly matches to ranked league matches.

That sounds pretty intense, I’d say, and it’s philosophically not dissimilar to what they’ve been doing with Minecraft. For more, head over the game’s newly launched official site. (I wonder how much that domain cost them?) Also, Gamasutra got a close look at the new game, so you might want to head over there if you’re intrigued by this.

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