Our love (and the Internet’s at large) affair with Minecraft has been well documented in these parts. While I’m not a guy that actually plays a ton of Minecraft, I consider myself a fan – I’m fascinated by the experiment and totally enthralled by the things that communities produce when they have that kind of free license and creativity. So it should probably go without saying that Notch’s announcement of his new game, 0X10C, is something that I’ve been looking forward to.
If there’s anything to say about 0X10C (besides that bizarre name that I have no idea how to pronounce), it would be that it gives a whole new meaning to the word “ambitious.” As epic as it would be to describe it as Minecraft in space, even that synopsis is reductive. Here’s a quick bit about the plot:
“It’s now the year 281 474 976 712 644 AD, and the first lost people are starting to wake up to a universe on the brink of extinction, with all remote galaxies forever lost to red shift, star formation long since ended, and massive black holes dominating the galaxy.”
It gets even better than that. A list of some of the features…
- 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.
And last but not least, the coolest thing about this entire project:
“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.”
That last bit is enough to set off all the things that make my brain happy. Confession time: as a kid, I used to pretend that I was on the bridge of a starship, and my friends ran around acting like engineers or gunners and such. It sounds like 0X10C could actually make that dream possible, in video game form.
Notch also explained on the official site that there will be some kind of subscription fee for multiplayer, as well as an alpha (similar to Minecraft’s) that would allow people to participate in the game early and help shape its direction.
So yeah. That’s 0X10C, or what we know about it so far. Does anybody else think this ambitious game sounds very promising, even at an early stage? Go!
Source – OX10C