It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that the new game from Markus “Notch” Persson, the technical crazy man who also brought us Minecraft, is still largely up in the air. While still largely the space sim that he’d originally presented it as, it’s clear that no one knows how big the game is or what one actually does. We’ve got the first art test included below. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what the game becomes, I’ll be there on day one.
The main idea that permeates is that 0x10c (which can be pronounced any way you like, per Notch – is that it’s a first-person FTL, in which you must manage your spaceship as it wanders across space. The ship’s computer is actually programmable, so you’ll be able to download code from the internets to allow your ship to perform different functions – or worse, be affected by malicious code from a deviant hacker. In a game. Yeah, it’s nuts. Notch has also said that it will be distributed in some early alpha form in the same way that Minecraft was, with subsequent versions available upon release. Personally, I love the idea of getting on the Good Ship Rasputin and conquering the galaxy. Or saving the Muffin-man population of Omicron Persei VIII. I guess we’ll just have to see.