The maker of Minecraft has a new project in the works, and the first details appear pretty tantalizing: space-themed, set 281 billion years in the future, and rooted in "hard science fiction." Markus "Notch" Persson and his development company Mojang plan to allow the game to grow much the way Minecraft did, letting users have a heavy hand in its maturation.
MInecraft, for the uninitiated, allows users to reshape and rebuild the world's in which their characters live, and though it had no big backing from a third-party publisher it moved 5.5 million copies through strong world of mouth (the fact that users describe it as "addictive" didn't hurt either). But the key was letting the game out of the bag early and allowing users a role in shaping it as it grew.
Persson reportedly plans a similar approach to his new game, tentatively titled 0x10c. The storyline involves a group of humans put into a state of suspended animation in 1988 and accidentally allowed to sleep for 281 billion years. Inside the dying universe in which they awaken, users must battle, trade, loot, and mine planets. But the minecraft-ey catch: Users will be able to program their own simulated 16-bit computer CPU that will power their spaceships. That means they can program their own operating systems for their spaceships, and once enough user-gen software has been created they can even use their self-styled CPUs to run other games or perform other tasks.
Computers inside computers--pretty cool stuff. But like Minecraft, it leaves a lot of room to wonder how the game will develop over time with so much user-generated input. That, of course, is both the peril and the appeal. Persson has already said via Twitter that "I won't stop viruses, the players will have to do that themselves."
Persson has also said he will do his best to keep the science within the game within as much of a plausible theoretical framework as possible. BBC quotes him as promising "as few hand-wavey things as possible, with the rest rigorously explained. If you're an expert on a field that I've made a mistake in, PLEASE let me know!" Paging Neil Tyson.
This is a FANTASTIC idea. Custom built computers were one of the most amazing parts of Minecraft.
i dont care for miecraft, i have it but it bores me to quickly. this new game seems like more fun for me
Yeh, i dont care for miecraft!
Not sure how this got picked up by BBC but the entire thing is an Aprils fools joke. Just go to notches new website mars effect (you know like mass effect) and see for your selves . He's even been on twitter getting congratulations for such an awesome April fools joke.
The site you posted says the name is an April Fools joke, but the game is real.
@maskofsanity I swear that heading was not there when I posted last night but I could also be blind. This is awesome news indeed because the game sounds awesome!
if only you could custom program iron golems in minecraft(sigh)...... but this new game an of the things you do is battle and another is program computers......i wanna program and gradually upgrade a battle robot!
The game sounds great but I had a good lol after reading the name.
Good thing that turned out to be a joke.
He can start by explaining a suspended animation system that lasts for 281 billion years. That's about 10 generations of stars, assuming the rate of star formation remains constant, which it won't. Good luck powering it/not getting blowed up by a supernova/not getting sucked into a black hole/not getting smashed by something else, pretty much no matter where you are in the universe.
Explain the exploding cactus monsters from the original. Hissss
The original didn't proclaim to be rigorously based in hard science.
the game is awsome. everything in it is awsome. NOW THIS!!!!
I CANT WAIT TILL IT COMES OUT!!!!!
As one we are dirt but together we are bedrock.
Anyone know the release date? Because I want it the secend it comes out.
This game is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!