Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson is developing a new game. Since stepping down as Minecraft’s lead designer the Mojang owner has committed himself to developing 0x10c. Thanks to its origins, 0x10c may easily garner attention from Minecraft players but science fiction lovers could also take interest in this upcoming space sandbox game.
Notch has been quoted as wanting to combine Elite, the space trading game from 1984, and the western space television series Firefly in order to make 0x10c the ultimate science fiction video game. In fact, Notch may be developing a game even The Sims die-hards may enjoy. Notch hopes to create a game where players control their characters inside their ships, giving the game a little more personality than its major influence Elite. When probed on his visions for the game, Notch remarked “I want the space game that’s more like Firefly…I want to run around on my ship and have to put out a fire. Like, oh crap, the cooling system failed, I have to put out the fire here.” Imagine you looking like Mal Reynolds, on your ship, in your space booties and space undies, extinguishing a space fire–far out.
0x10c‘s website also explains that “the computer in the game is a fully functioning emulated 16 bit CPU that can be used to control your entire ship, or just to play games on while waiting for a large mining operation to finish.” Although mining is to be expected when participating in a cosmic economy, those of us who have played Dead Space know to exercise extreme caution when mining in space. But I digress…
Considering this game is being developed by the guy who brought Minecraft to the world, the aesthetics of the game are unsurprising. The look of 0x10c is described as “pixel art meets modern 3D.” The game has been “influenced by bright, vivid sci-fi, and real-world functional spaceship design” in order to bring you that familiar, relatable futuristic feel.
0x10c will also provide multiplayer. In a demo video, Notch pithily described the current multiplayer: “So basically, what it does is you shoot each other and that’s it. You explode.” The website also writes “it’s all very pew pew.” Also, if you watch the videos on the official website know that the block people who explode when shot will be humans in the final version.
As development continues more information is expected to be released. Fans should stay tuned for new updates, additions, and participate in forums to stay informed on the game’s progress. Considering his previous success, Notch won’t surprise many if he “reaches for the stars” (get it?) and develops another smash hit.