• Play BET ON COBALT! Honestly, it’s great

    The code-wizards at Oxeye Games Studio have outdone themselves. We present… BET ON COBALT.

    Team Strike is one of Cobalt’s most intricate modes. And it makes for a fantastic spectator sport, even when it’s played by bots. With that in mind we’ve set up a two week twitch stream where teams of bots battle each other to the death. TWO WEEKS of awesome.

    But what’s a sport without a little wager and real-life prizes? Pointless, that’s what.

    HOW DO I BET ON BET ON COBALT?

    This is where things get really exciting. BET ON COBALT gives you the chance to bet Volts (which have no real money value) on the outcome of each match. you start with 1000 volts, and will earn even more just by watching the stream. It’s up to you whether you keep things simple and just vote on the winning team of each round, or go pro and spread-bet on specific happenings in the match, like Multi-kills or Aces.

    Betting is relatively simple. Before a round begins, bot_cobalt will state the odds. Enter your bet in the public chat, or whisper it to bot_cobalt in between each round. Once the round is over, winnings are paid out.

    You can check your funds at at time by typing “!v” into the chat.

    BETTING ON A TEAM TO WIN A ROUND

    To bet on an individual team, type !bet into the chat followed by the team name, then the amount. For example, to bet 50 volts on blue winning the round, type “!bet blue 50”. You can also bet with the first letter of your chosen team. For example: “!bet b 50”.

    You can also bet a percentage of your current balance on the outcome. To bet 70% of your winnings on the blue team type “!bet blue 70%”.

    BETTING ON ACHIEVEMENTS (THE WAY OF THE PROFESSIONAL)

    Achievements can help you get rich quick. The chances of them happening are slim, but the odds are massive. Risky but lucrative.

    You don’t need to pick a team for special events. If either team earns an achievement you’ll get the volts. There are four achievements.

    • MULTI - When a bot takes out two others in one shot. This normally happens with a well-placed grenade.
    • ACE - When one badass bot takes out the entire team.
    • WHOLE - When every bot of either survives the round.
    • COMBO - When one bot takes out two enemy bots in quick succession.

    For example, to bet 500 Volts on either team scoring a combo in the following round, type “!bet COMBO 500

    BUT WHAT DO I DO WITH MY HARD-EARNED VOLTS? DID YOU EVEN THINK OF THAT?

    Yes, we did think of that, thank you very much. You can spend your volts on loads of cool things.

    PIMPING YOUR PROFILE

    After each match the shop generates seven flairs with limited stock. There are five kinds of flair you can purchase, but you can only have one of each kind. Each flair has a unique value.

    • *prefix adds a cool thing at the start of your name
    • *suffix adds a cool thing to the end of your name
    • *tint gives your name a cool colour
    • *smiley adds a smiley after your name
    • *jingle means that your specific jingle plays if you’re the top earner in an individual round

    To purchase a shop flair type in it’s offer number after ishop or !shop. For example, to purchase item 1, type “!shop 1” into the chat.

    CUSTOMISING BOTS IN REAL-TIME

    You can name a bot for the entirety of one match. It costs 500 volts. For example, to name a bot BOPO, type “!name BOPO” into the chat.

    You can also make a random bot from each team say something during the match. For example, to make a bot say BOPO PWNS, type “!talk BOPO PWNS” into the chat.

    At the end of each match, users can vote on the next map. To vote on BOPOTOWN as the next map, type “!map BOPOTOWN”.

    ENABLING SPECIAL EVENTS

    Each round features a special event that will trigger if enough Volts are donated. Shrewd BET ON COBALT players will understand how special events could influence the chances of Achievements triggering. To donate 600 Volts, type “!fund 600” into the chat.

    OK - I HAVE MORE VOLTS THAN I KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH. WHAT’S THE POINT?

    Glad you asked. We’re giving REAL-LIFE prizes to the top winners on February 2nd at 12pm CET. That’s Cobalt’s release date, in case you didn’t know.

    THE RICHEST PLAYERS

    The top five richest players will get a Cobalt game code on their platform of choice, and a signed cobalt postcard. The players in position 6-10 on the rich list will get a Cobalt game code for their platform of choice.

    THE COOLEST PLAYERS

    The top five players with the most valuable flairs on release day will get a Cobalt game code on their platform of choice and a signed Cobalt postcard. Players in positions 6-10 on will get a Cobalt game code on their platform of choice.

    THE 100K CLUB

    Any player who reaches 100,000 Volts will be automatically become a member of the 100K club. All players will be entered into a raffle on release day and will have the chance of winning 1 of 100 Cobalt game codes or 1 of 15 signed Cobalt postcards.

    A MILD DISCLAIMER

    BET ON COBALT is for fun, free, and will probably break at some point. We refuse to be sued for anything to do with BET ON COBALT. Don’t be sad if you lose, but feel free to gloat if you win.

    Have fun!

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Cobalt coming to Xbox and Steam February 2nd

    Hello!

    I bring exciting news! We’ve locked down Cobalt’s release date. It’s coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Steam for Windows on February 2nd. It’ll cost $19.99 or equivalent.

    I am slightly biased, but it’s worth mentioning that Cobalt is an excellent video game. Your experience may vary but I’ve been playing multiplayer for over three years, and I still think it’s great. Why?

    Read on for an impartial breakdown of Cobalt’s awesomeness. Note that Cobalt is developed by Oxeye Game Studio and published by Mojang. I work for Mojang.

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  • Watch Jens play Cobalt LIVE

    Happy New Year, everyone. Hope you had a good ‘un!

    Just a quick note to let you know that at 15:00 CET tomorrow, Lord of Minecraft and Oxeye Game Studio developer, Jens Bergensten will be playing Cobalt LIVE on air. I’ll be sitting close-by, pestering him with questions and trying to distract his l33t play.

    The stream will be live at www.twitch.tv/jebox.

    It’s going to be absolutely spectacular, and you should definitely tune in! Don’t worry if you’re in bed/school/work at that time though - the stream will be available to watch at a later date too.

    See you tomorrow!

    Owen - @bopogamel and @Jeb_

  • Cobalt delayed until February 2016 :(

    Hi everyone,

    You’re probably already familiar with Cobalt - a game published by Mojang and developed by Oxeye Game Studio.

    Watch the trailer below, if you like.

    Unfortunately, despite what that trailer says, we’re not going to hit our planned release date of October 30th. Cobalt has been delayed until February, 2016.We’ve been working on Cobalt for a long time and, though the game is feature complete, our current build is buggier than we’re comfortable with. We want every part of Cobalt - the campaign, challenges, and local and online multiplayer to live up to your expectations, no matter which platform you play it on. That’s going to require a bit more development time.

    We’ve been working on Cobalt for a long time and, though the game is feature complete, our current build is buggier than we’re comfortable with. We want every part of Cobalt - the campaign, challenges, and local and online multiplayer to live up to your expectations, no matter which platform you play it on. That’s going to require a bit more development time.

    In honesty, we don’t need four months to fix the outstanding issues, but releasing a game on console is an especially complicated business. There are release windows, and certification things, and all kinds of boxes that need to be ticked before games can be released into the wild.

    So yes, amend your calendars - February 2016! Cobalt’s new release date! It’s going to be a blast!

    Thanks for your patience,

    Mojang and Oxeye Games

  • Watch the new Cobalt trailer! Over one minute of :D

    As Gamescom enthusiasts might already know, we’ve just released a brand-new Cobalt trailer for your viewing pleasure! Watch it!

    Cobalt is the brainchild of Oxeye Game Studio, which consists of Jens Bergensten, Daniel Brynolf, and Pontus Hammerberg.

    As you can see from the trailer it’s dense with features, but Cobalt is mostly about playing as a cute robot with a passion for 2D battles packed with extreme slow-mo and combat rolls.

    Cobalt will be released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Steam in October 2015, but you can play the remarkably-dated 2014 alpha version on PC and Mac right now. And hey - everyone who already owns Cobalt, or buys it for PC/Mac before October will get their Steam key for free!

    Check out the official Cobalt site for more info, and enjoy the rest of Gamescom!

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Cobalt Game Jam #1 is happening this weekend!

    COBALTCreating video games is creative, fun, and cool. Loads of awesome people are doing it right now. And you can be one of those awesome people! To celebrate, the friendly folk at Oxeye Game Studio are hosting a Cobalt Game Jam this weekend.

    That basically means that a bunch of folk have agreed to make a game within a set time limit. Some participants are streaming their progress too; it’s a great way to get instant feedback and stay motivated.

    The Oxeye Game Jam is a casual affair. There’s no pressure or cost, but there is an extremely high chance of fun and increased knowledge. The jam finishes this Sunday at 12:00 CET.

    If you’re interested in taking part, or would like to watch the current participants cook up their creations, visit the Cobalt channel on Espernet, check out Daniels post on the Oxeye Blog, and watch and inspire these good folk as they craft their own masterpieces:

    Have a great weekend everyone!

    Owen - @bopogamel, Daniel - @Vraket, and Pontus - @Kinten

  • Watch Oxeye make Cobalt in REAL-TIME

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    Hello!

    You might have heard about Cobalt - a game about rolling around and shooting fools in slow-mo. It’s being developed by Oxeye Game Studio and published by Mojang. You can buy into the PC/Mac Alpha here or wait for the console release later this year.

    Developers Daniel and Pontus are streaming Cobalt’s development so kind internet people like you can watch them craft their masterpiece. You might learn something about Cobalt, games, or something else entirely (doubtful).

    Daniel’s stream
    Pontus’ stream
    Watch them both via the mega doublestream (thanks @janeator)

    If you’d prefer to hear them talk watch the first episode of Radio Cobalt. The presenter guy is super cool.

    Thanks for reading!

    Owen - @bopogamel, Daniel - @vraket, and Pontus - @kinten.

  • Radio Cobalt Episode 4 - Combat Tactics and Online Multiplayer

    In epsidode four of Radio Cobalt, Daniel and Pontus explains the nuances of Cobalt tactics, and explains the difficulties of adding online multiplayer to a reaction-based game.

    Radio Cobalt is a series of videos featuring Pontus and Daniel of Oxeye Game Studio. Watch, listen and learn about Cobalt - a game made by Oxeye and published by Mojang. It’s coming to PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PS3 this year. Buy into the PC/Mac Alpha too, if you fancy.

    Cheers!

  • Radio Cobalt Episode 3 - Single-player

    They say the third episode is the hardest, but we made it! This time the topic is about the single-player experience of Cobalt!

    Radio Cobalt is a series of videos featuring Pontus and Daniel of Oxeye Game Studio. Watch, listen and learn about Cobalt - a game made by Oxeye and published by Mojang. It’s coming to PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PS3 this year. Buy into the PC/Mac Alpha too, if you fancy.

    Cheers!

  • Radio Cobalt Episode 2 - Mostly About Multiplayer

    It’s the most wonderful time of the week! A new episode of Radio Cobalt has been unleashed!

    Episode 2 is mostly about multiplayer. Learn how Ridley Scott influenced Cobalt’s development, Daniel’s favourite way to kill Pontus, and see fresh footage of the tactical Team-Strike mode.

    Radio Cobalt is a series of videos featuring Pontus and Daniel of Oxeye Game Studio. Watch, listen and learn about Cobalt - a game made by Oxeye and published by Mojang. It’s coming to PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PS3 this year. Buy into the PC/Mac Alpha too, if you fancy.

    Have a lovely day!

    Owen - @bopogamel, Pontus - @Kinten, and Daniel - @vraket