Wollay, or to give him his proper name, Wolfram von Funck (amazing right?), is the developer of a voxel-based multiplayer RPG which is currently in the making under the working title Cube World. Since being picked up by the media who pretty much applauded all around, Cube World has managed to catch the eyes of the guys over at Mojang who have since decided to hire its developer.
The much-famed Minecraft lead man, Marcus “Notch” Persson said of the arrangement: “Our current plan is to plug his brain directly to a keyboard and sell whatever comes out.”
Sounds a bit sinister for some reason but the intention is all good of course – they have recognised a promising mind in the developer and have jumped in early to help fuel his creation with their rather well-supplied funds. Mojang of course are already helping out Oxeye Games with their game Cobalt. The deal that Mojang strike with the developer’s in these third party collaborations is not entirely clear, though we do know that Mojang help to publicise the game, naturally, and presume they help with funding the game.
“Early on, even as we were founding Mojang, we talked about the idea of collaborating with other indie game studios to release more great games. We wanted to find studios who have our philosophy of developing games, which is staying close to the community and treating it as a service”, says the header to the Mojang blog which introduces Cobalt to the world.
If history is anything to go by, Mojang will help with the development and release of Cube World as an alphafunded project just as Cobalt. We have heard no official word from Wollay except that he is reportedly excited by the prospect. We wish him luck in his endeavours.
More information on Cube World can be found over on Wollay’s official blog.