First, we’ve got a title: 0x10c. And since it is well past April 1, we can be a little more sure of the title, unlike the Mars Effect April Fools joke. Persson tweeted an explanation for the title earlier this week “What happens if you try to read a 64 bit representation of 1 in a 16 bit system, but you get the endianness wrong? #Ox10c”.
Notch has yet to settle on pricing for the new game, but he says on the 0x10c website that he’s planning on charging a monthly fee to join the multiverse, the reason being that the “computers and physics” will be emulated even while players aren’t logged in.
Story-wise, the game takes places in the year 281 474 976 712 AD. The characters of the game world have just been released from a deep sleep technology — compatible with 16 bit computers — which they were captive of since 1988. The universe dying, black holes are expanding and the survivors are taking to ships powered by a fully functioning emulated 16 bit CPU.
Ships will contain a generator with a fixed wattage that will require players to be judicious in their energy spending. Also, the fully working computer system will be used to control the ship and play games. Users will be able to trade programs created with the in-game computer; Notch tweeted that he wouldn’t stop viruses however, “players will have to do that themselves.”
As we heard last month, the game will be set in space. One of the game features the creator plans on including is “hard science fiction,” meaning the science in the game will be somewhat realistic. when the game needs to butt heads with current science he says it will be an “informed decision,” for example, traveling at the speed of light. Notch encourages experts in scientific fields to correct any errors that crop up in 0x10c.
“The game is still extremely early in development, but like we did with Minecraft, we expect to release it early and let the players help me shape the game as it grows,” Persson said on the site.
Notch’s to-do list on the game includes:
- Space battles against AI or other players
- Abandoned ships floating around, chock-full of loot
- Advanced economy system
- Mining, trading, and looting.
- Random encounters.
- Single and multiplayer connected via the multiverse.