Mojang’s new game Scrolls has officially entered it’s Alpha stage of development. The Minecraft developer confirmed this earlier today, saying that codes are currently being sent to registered users. You will not recieve a code for signing up now, as it is too late, but we expect additional chances when the game enters Beta.
The users who grab their code will have access to the earliest stage of the ‘action chess’ style strategy game. Registrants will also have the chance to play against human and AI opponents. No confirmation of the release timetable is official yet.
In other Mojang news, the official release date for the 1.3 update of Minecraft has been announced. The update will arrive on August 1st 2012 worldwide, including a large amount of changes to the game.
“The most dramatic change is that we’ve kicked out single-player, and made it a shell on top of multiplayer,” Mojang on the official website.
“There are two major benefits to this: first, it’s required for the modding api if we don’t want to have multiple implementations of every mod, and second, if we fix a bug in single-player, we know the bug is fixed in multiplayer, too.
“We’re working on optimising rendering, but those improvements will not be included until Minecraft 1.4.” Other new additions to the indie title include new stairs, new half-slabs, cocoa plants and tweaked dispensers, leaves, cauldrons, levers, gravel, pressure plates, cookies, buckets, boats, minecarts, ice and furnaces.