Cobalt to follow Minecraft release model

Upcoming indie side-scroller Cobalt will be released in an alpha state, with player feedback taken into account as the game is developed.

Mojang, the Minecraft developer which will be publishing Oxeye Game Studio's action game, announced at last weekend's Minecon event in Las Vegas that Cobalt will seek to emulate Minecraft's success by following its release model, with a paid alpha due before the end of the year.

Those that buy the game during its alpha state will get all future updates for free, with Gamefront reporting that a level editor will also be included, with Mojang also implying that player avatars will be customisable.

In August, when Oxeye announced that Mojang would be publishing Cobalt, it described the agreement as "more of a team effort than the usual developer/publisher combo," with the Minecraft developer assisting with marketing, publicity and distribution.