Mojang Studios, the company behind the indie smash hit “Minecraft” (a game many credit for bringing indie game development to the forefront of gaming over the past year) has announced that they’ve teamed up with another game studio to create the first game set to release since Minecraft: Cobalt! Cobalt is a 2D side-scroller featuring, in their words, “action game of running, jumping, rolling, shooting, throwing, dancing, hacking, rolling, flying, sliding, climbing, looting, deflecting, racing, piñata-ing, passing, scoring… and even more rolling!” There are multiple modes to the game, including co-op, death match, loot match, race match, Capture the Plug (presumably re-named version of capture the flag), and other game modes not yet announced.
The game’s official description was also released:
It’s hard to be a metal face. Agent Cobalt has learned as much after finding the Space Exploration Foundation’s lost colonization ship The Seed at planet X9CSEC5.5B-blue, Trunkopia. It was once built by a one million strong development team back on Earth, but disappeared merely 30 minutes after its subspace jump. Whatever happened on board during its misadventure, sanity was not invited.
The official announcement discusses Mojang’s mindset of wanting to team up with other indie game devs to pool resources and create awesome games. Their first choice of partners was Oxeye Game Studios — and the pairing resulted in the game they’re now announcing. Minecraft developer Jens “jeb” Bergensten was one of the company’s founding members, which helped ease the process of meshing for the two companies.
The team has also released what they’re calling an “Action Teaser” — a short and humorous gameplay video:
You can learn more about Cobalt at the game’s official website, PlayCobalt.com. The team hopes to release Cobalt “later this fall”.