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Scrolls Will Launch Minecraft Style

Gamasutra has details from Gamelab 2011 in Barcelona, Spain on how Mojang's upcoming Scrolls will have a staggered rollout similar to the way Minecraft is creeping out bit-by-bit:

"With our new game, Scrolls, we'll follow the same formula as Minecraft," said Kaplan. "That means we'll release the game very early," at the minimal playable state.

He said this means something different for every game, of course, but people will be able to pay for it, play it, and give feedback from a very early stage. This also means frequent updates, he said, which need to be properly communicated to players, because community involvement is one of the most important elements of Minecraft.

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10. Re: Scrolls Will Launch Minecraft Style Jun 30, 2011, 16:08 MindStalkerReturned
 
Armengar wrote on Jun 30, 2011, 09:45:
I'll judge on merit. Minecraft was cheap enough to warrant a punt. Turned out ok and I had a good laugh. Oddly enough ive lost interest now - no matter how good it is. That being said, he got my cash and I got a decent amount of fun for it.

Scrolls might be the same, it depends how cheap it is.

In case you haven't been following it, 1.8 (the next version, they just realized 1.7 with Pistons (whoop!) ) Is supposed to have a full "Adventure" mode, with Quest and NPCs, etc. I have high hopes (I too quite playing Minecraft a few months ago, I hope the adventure mode brings me back)
 
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9. Re: Scrolls Will Launch Minecraft Style Jun 30, 2011, 09:57 JoeNapalm
 

I gone in on a couple of games this way:

Mount & Blade, and Minecraft.

I got more than my money's worth out of both.

People often decry this method, but both Mojang and Tale Worlds started as ONE MAN shops. One dude.

I don't know about you, but I couldn't afford to develop an entire game out of my own pocket.

If supporting good Indy games - rapidly becoming the last bastion of PC gaming - requires that I occasionally pay less to support an incomplete project in the hopes that it sees the light of day...well, I'm pretty comfortable with that.

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8. Re: Scrolls Will Launch Minecraft Style Jun 30, 2011, 09:45 Armengar
 
I'll judge on merit. Minecraft was cheap enough to warrant a punt. Turned out ok and I had a good laugh. Oddly enough ive lost interest now - no matter how good it is. That being said, he got my cash and I got a decent amount of fun for it.

Scrolls might be the same, it depends how cheap it is.
 
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7. Re: Scrolls Will Launch Minecraft Style Jun 30, 2011, 09:11 Fibrocyte
 
Ludomancer wrote on Jun 29, 2011, 23:29:
Still, a lot of independent developers are embracing this model of release... like idiots.

Minecraft offered something that no other game had really ever done as well, ever. It wasn't a fluke, it was just a beautifully developed game. People saw what it was, and flocked to it before it was even complete.

I want to punch every dev in the face that tries to emulate it. I hate this pan-handling development strategy.

Either way, Scrolls will probably not be anything like Minecraft, and thus not as successful.

Did Mojang patent this style of development & release model? If not, wth do you care if others emulate it.
 
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6. Re: Scrolls Will Launch Minecraft Style Jun 30, 2011, 04:20 Silicon Avatar
 
Usually when a publisher or employer says you need a lot of "passion" for the job what they really mean is that they're going to screw you as much as possible as long as possible until you figure out what they're doing and quit.  
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5. Re: Scrolls Will Launch Minecraft Style Jun 30, 2011, 01:00 Warskull
 
Sepharo wrote on Jun 29, 2011, 22:32:
Cutter wrote on Jun 29, 2011, 22:24:
Just because one game did and it was a fluke success doesn't mean everyone should emulate it.

You realize it's the same guy right?

I'm a big proponent of this style of development. Working at a software developer which employs the agile methodology and ships product nearly ever week, I can't stress enough how important it is to get the customers involved as early as possible.

Plus with games, as long as the core gameplay is fun you have a product. Being an electronic CCG this will probably work well with scrolls.
 
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4. Re: Scrolls Will Launch Minecraft Style Jun 30, 2011, 00:01 Nate
 
Ludomancer wrote on Jun 29, 2011, 23:29:
Still, a lot of independent developers are embracing this model of release... like idiots.

Minecraft offered something that no other game had really ever done as well, ever. It wasn't a fluke, it was just a beautifully developed game. People saw what it was, and flocked to it before it was even complete.

I want to punch every dev in the face that tries to emulate it. I hate this pan-handling development strategy.

Either way, Scrolls will probably not be anything like Minecraft, and thus not as successful.

If indie developers don't pan-handle, how are they gonna afford to make a good game?
 
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3. Re: Scrolls Will Launch Minecraft Style Jun 29, 2011, 23:29 Ludomancer
 
Still, a lot of independent developers are embracing this model of release... like idiots.

Minecraft offered something that no other game had really ever done as well, ever. It wasn't a fluke, it was just a beautifully developed game. People saw what it was, and flocked to it before it was even complete.

I want to punch every dev in the face that tries to emulate it. I hate this pan-handling development strategy.

Either way, Scrolls will probably not be anything like Minecraft, and thus not as successful.
 
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2. Re: Scrolls Will Launch Minecraft Style Jun 29, 2011, 22:32 Sepharo
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 29, 2011, 22:24:
Just because one game did and it was a fluke success doesn't mean everyone should emulate it.

You realize it's the same guy right?

I'm a big proponent of this style of development. Working at a software developer which employs the agile methodology and ships product nearly ever week, I can't stress enough how important it is to get the customers involved as early as possible.
 
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1. Re: Scrolls Will Launch Minecraft Style Jun 29, 2011, 22:24 Cutter
 
Just because one game did and it was a fluke success doesn't mean everyone should emulate it.
 
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James Woods: Oh that's fun. That sounds like you had a fun time. Where would I fit in with the fun time, huh? Where does James Woods fit into the fun?
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