Game developer Notch recently launched his new ?Cliffhorse? game that involves a horse galloping across grasslands and cliffs. This is his first commercial game following the extremely successful Minecraft.
Minecraft is created by Swedish developer Notch (also known as Markus Persson) and both developed and published later on by Mojang AB. The game was first released on May 2009 for Windows PC. An Android version is available since October 2011 and an iOS counterpart was introduced on November of the same year. If this Cliffhorse game manages to become a multi-million, multi-platform game franchise too, it might become a horse of a different color, so to speak.
Notch admitted that his Cliffhorse game was built in just a couple of hours after using all his freely available assets. As such, the game is free to download too. The game creator also announced that players can gain early access to this new game by pre-ordering it using Dogecoin ? an Internet meme-based cryptocurrency. Many game watchers observed that Cliffhorse may have been inspired by the way a horse interacts with its surroundings in Skyrim, one of the popular installments of the fantasy role-playing game Elder Scrolls for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.
In the Cliffhorse game, you can take control of a brown horse and make it trot along the grasslands and hills of a tropical island. From time to time, that horse may push around a giant animal-skinned ball that somewhat looks like a cow with spots of white and brown skin. According to Notch, within the first few hours after the pre-order of the game had been announced, Cliffhorse had managed to gather over 280,000 Dogecoins (worth about $ 100).
Examiner writer Scott Grill, offering his opinion which also reflects the general outlook for the game, said that the Cliffhorse game can be interpreted as a subtle approach to criticize the sale of other early access games where relatively little effort had been spent upon.
Here are some examples of those controversial early access slash uncompleted Windows PC games put on sale that the Cliffhorse game wishes to follow through:
- The War Z: a zombie-centered, open-world survival game costing $ 15. The game was released by Steam but was later pulled out after complaints that it failed to deliver promised features.
- Towns: another Steam Greenlight release initially available for $ 14.99. Its developers dumped plans to launch a full version after the game?s weak sales performance
The Cliffhorse game is available for Windows PC only at the moment. It might never advance to a console version if the game?s basic, random fun aura turns out to be short-lived.
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