Minecraft's maker shuts down Scrolls

Mojang will close down its card-battle strategy game Scrolls, leaving the developer with one active game to its name — Minecraft — less than a year after Microsoft acquired the studio.

"After much deliberation," says Mojang, "we've come to an important decision that we'd like to share: Echoes will be the last major content patch for Scrolls. We won't be adding features or sets from now on, though we are planning to keep a close eye on game balance."

TomShoe3283d ago

Seems like Microsoft's business model is very much about creating one franchise studios.

343: Halo
The Coalition: Gears
Turn 10: Forza
Mojang: Minecraft
Lionhead: Fable

christocolus3283d ago

"After much deliberation," says Mojang, "we've come to an important decision that we'd like to share: Echoes will be the last major content patch for Scrolls."

It seems the decision was made by Mojang.

BitbyDeath3282d ago

@Chris, MS owns Mojang, they were bought back in 2014.

christocolus3282d ago (Edited 3282d ago )


Yes i know that but MS has a hands off approach when it comes to Mojang. The studio still has some control over decision making and nothing in the article suggests that it was MS responsible. Mojang is a small studio and maybe they want to put more focus on other things since scrolls isn't that popular in the first place so why keep wasting resources on it?.


Move on kid, go find some other N4G user to stalk.it's getting really pathetic now and i'm bored

pedrof933282d ago

The real problem here is you defending MSFT by default.

gangsta_red3282d ago (Edited 3282d ago )


So Christo should attack MS instead, that's the N4G protocol? You, Halo2ODST and Bitby make no sense at all, no where does it even remotely imply this was caused by MS or a MS decision but you and other automatically go to that card and if anyone counters then you attack that person by calling them a defender.

Did anyone evn know about this game? Was it even that popular? Did it make a huge profit or was it even a success?

Or is it you guys just want to blame MS instead of asking the obvious questions?

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343_Guilty_Spark3282d ago

So why is Rare making Sea of Thieves and the rumored Battletoads

Twisted Pixel makes Splosion Man and Ms. Splosion Man, and has a new IP.

Remedy might as well be 1st party, although they are technically 2nd party and they make Alan Wake and Quantum Break

Seems to me MS allows Studios to make what the want. Some are really heavy into their current IP and others make what they want.

TheNew13282d ago

Exactly, but you know, anything to make Microsoft look bad I guess.

OpieWinston3283d ago

Not a surprise considering Scrolls hasn't made a big splash.
Minecraft is the most popular game so focusing on that for the time being makes the most sense.

The real question I'm asking myself is "Will we see 0x10c again?", since Notch dropped the project and said anyone at Mojang could pick it up if they so wish.

0x10c was a Space Sandbox sim.

ShrektheHulk3282d ago

I haven't seen anything new about that game for a couple of years, I think. I remember seeing a multiplayer demo that was untextured and buggy-for-days, but I think the dcpu-16 was up and running in it.

Summons753282d ago

Didn't even realize it was released...

Last time I heard about the game Notch was throwing a fit about the The Elder Scrolls. Had it's fifteen minutes of fame.

WizzroSupreme3282d ago

Well, it's their prerogative. Don't know how good Scrolls was anyway.

Timesplitter143282d ago (Edited 3282d ago )

Imagine the amount of money they'll make when they decide to release Minecraft 2. I think my brain doesn't have enough RAM to process that number

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Microsoft's Xbox gaming handheld will fail unless someone else makes it

Despite Microsoft's experience in hardware manufacturing, I don't trust it not to fumble its first gaming handheld device which may eventually lead to a successor not getting released.

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LG_Fox_Brazil3d ago

Unless it has some fature that really makes it standout I don't think someone who wants a handheld will pick it when the Switch 2 is just around the corner and the Steam Deck offers a huge library with much better prices worldwide

OtterX3d ago (Edited 3d ago )

Especially since the existing PC handhelds (Steam Deck, ROG Ally, etc) can already run Gamepass. I don't have a Steam Deck yet, but I did see Forza Horizon 5 already running pretty well on it natively, so I'd imagine most XBox exclusives on Steam would run pretty well too. The most Microsoft could do is try to brute force a more expensive, higher power handheld. I doubt it would do well if that were the case.

ABizzel13d ago

This has been my point. It’s too little too late, and there are too many options out now that can already do the same thing with similar or better tech, in a similar price-range. A best case scenario for them is slightly above Steam-Deck performance at $100 less, but that’s not a huge selling point for anyone who has already jumped into the handheld PC market, and people still on the fence. Or go the other route of as cheap as possible but making it a streaming only device around $199.

It would do well and reach over 1m sold just because of the Xbox branding, but their consoles are already selling less and less (by the looks of it), so I don’t see a handheld being this great savior for them.

They simply need to rebrand one of the Surface tablets into the device with dedicated controls and more gaming focused, and call it a day instead of heavily investing in a handheld

VariantAEC2d ago

I'm guessing Xbox Wireless will be a streaming system like PS Portal. And yes I fully expect their portable Xbox to be given a really stupid name like "Wireless." Maybe even a dumber name like the Xbox Series W.

Jingsing3d ago

Doesn't make much sense to have a handheld that is locked down to the Xbox ecosystem when the PC handheld can run everything. I'm sure the same people that bought the Xbox fridge will give Microsoft their free money though.

XBManiac3d ago

Microsoft handheld Qualcomm based... you will see it next year... and you will see it sink.