news\ Apr 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Minecraft creator launches website for new game, 0x10c


Earlier today, developer Markus "Notch" Persson registered a domain for his upcoming game, 0x10c. The website is now officially live.

According to Persson, the space 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."

The creator confirmed that a monthly fee is likely, since the computers and physics will be emulated even when players are logged out.

0x10c is set in a parallel reality, where the space race never ended and space travel was gaining popularity among the rich and powerful. The year 1988 saw the release of a deep sleep cell whose unique programming caused a strange glitch: "a requested sleep of 0x0000 0000 0000 0001 years to last for 0x0001 0000 0000 0000 years."

Now, in the year 281,474,976,712,644 AD, people are waking up to a universe verging on destruction, "with all remote galaxies forever lost to red shift, star formation long since ended, and massive black holes dominating the galaxy."

More details about 0x10c are listed below:

Game Features

The game is still very early in development, but here is a list of things we hope to include:

  • Hard science fiction.
  • Lots of engineering.
  • Fully working computer system.
  • Space battles against the AI or other players.
  • Abandoned ships full of loot.
  • Duct tape!
  • Seamlessly landing on planets.
  • Advanced economy system.
  • Random encounters.
  • Mining, trading, and looting.
  • Single and multi player connected via the multiverse.

The Generator and the Computer

Each ship has a generator capable of producing a fixed wattage, and everything you connect to it drains wattage. A cloaking field, for example, might require almost all the power from the generator, forcing you to turn off all computers and dim all lights in order to successfully cloak.

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.

Full specifications of the CPU will be released shortly, so the more programatically advanced of you can get a head start.

Stay tuned for updates on the official website.

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