This Week In Indie: Amazon Opens Indie Store And Scrolls Open Beta
In the latest edition of This Week In Indie, the focus will be on Amazon opening up a new indie store and Mojang’s next game entitled Scrolls.
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Mojang’s latest game simply called Scrolls is now up for pre-order and if fans follow suit they gain access to the open beta, which is by no means feature complete. Scrolls is a digital collectable card game where players battle in a fantasy world. Players try to destroy their opponent’s idols. If you lose three idols your game is effectively over. Players make use of resources, much like in Magic: The Gathering, in order to utilise “scrolls” (cards). The cards come in many varieties such as creatures, spells, structures and enhancements for the army you put into battle. Mojang has promised to add in new “scrolls” on a continual basis. The game has a built-in deck builder that allows players to construct a deck of their own choosing. The pre-order package for the game is priced at £12.95, €14.95 and $20.95. With the open beta, upon purchase, you’ll gain access to the store, the deck builder, trading, trials, quick matches, challenge matches, ranked matches and your own customisable profile.
The next piece of news is that Amazon has now opened a new indie store, celebrating the opening with huge sales and discounts. This new store front to Amazon’s ever expanding digital content store is a great surprise. The store will provide PC, Mac and browser-based games to consumers. There are various bundles on sale and over 200 indie games are available with a 75% discount. If you purchase a game, you also receive three additional games at no extra cost. 100% of the earnings made on sales go straight back to the developers. Amazon is embracing indie developers, and will be featuring indie developers on the new online store in their promotion known as “Indie Spotlight” and will allow gamers to vote for their favourite games. There are no direct details available, as of yet, describing the exact process of publishing with Amazon, but it is clear that Amazon is taking a bold step into the indie scene with great support from indie developers.
With that this edition comes to a close, and remember to check back next week for more news and updates. If you have any interesting indie-related news to share don’t hesitate to email, or contact us through the necessary channels.