Markus "Notch" Persson unveils 0x10c, a space game still in early development; monthly fee "likely".
Minecraft creator and Mojang cofounder Markus "Notch" Persson has announced he is working on a new game.
Launching the website 0x10c today, Persson's new project will be a space-oriented title. Like Minecraft, Persson expects to release the game early to "let players shape the game as it grows".
The game will be set in a parallel universe where the space travel is de rigueur for corporations and the rich, and the incorrect development of a deep sleep cell has rendered a number of the population asleep for longer than intended. Waking up in the future, the deep sleepers find a universe on the brink of extinction.
"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," Persson said on the game's site.
"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."
According to the developer, the game will include space battles against AI and other players, as well as mining, trading, and looting. Additionally, the game will boast an advanced economy system, and single and multiplayer modes connected via the game's multiverse.
At the moment, the cost of the game is still undecided, but Persson says it's likely there will be a monthly fee for joining the game's multiverse due to the team's decision to "emulate all computers and physics even when players aren't logged in."
No release date for the game has yet been given.