Minecraft mastermind Markus "Notch" Persson had a surprise for Kotaku today. He literally handed me the first trailer for his next game.

The game, announced several months back, is Scrolls. It's recently been in the news because it sent the lawyers behind The Elder Scrolls series (think: Oblivion, Skyrim) into a trademark-protecting tizzy. But I believe Notch and his colleague Jakob Porser would like you to know that Scrolls is their love-letter to some classic video game styles. It's a video game that combines ideas of collectible card games and strategy games, giving players virtual cards that players might become attached to as if they were physical cards. The game will be written by Jerry "Tycho" Holkins, of Penny Arcade fame.

I know that Notch and Jakob want you to know more about Scrolls, because, as I was sitting down with Notch to check out some upcoming Minecraft content, he said he wanted to download a video and give it to me. It was the first teaser trailer for Scrolls? Maybe I could toss that up on the site? It's kind of crazy to just snatch the trailer for your next game, hand it to an unsuspecting guy from Kotaku and tell him he can run it. But Notch likes that kind of crazy, he told me. That's his style.

So enjoy the teaser, everyone. It's just a taste, with only a couple of seconds of gameplay at the end. Jakob says the game's official site will be updated soon, so look for more information there.

And if any other world-famous game developers want to toss the trailer for their next game my way, I've got a few extra USB sticks in my bag. Bring 'em on.


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