Creator of the uber-successful and ever-popular Minecraft, Marcus "Notch" Persson, stepped back as lead on that game a little while ago, and while his development studio, Mojang, and a few smaller projects do keep him busy, he's also been mulling over what to work on next.
"I want the space game that’s more like Firefly,” he told PC Gamer
. “I want to run around on my ship and have to put out a fire. Like, oh crap, the cooling system failed, I have to put out the fire here.”
He also wants to incorporate a gameplay model similar to the trading sim PC classic, Elite, though as he describes "except done right".
"The goal is to do it the same way I did Minecraft,” he said of the project's potential development. “Just basically have me work on it for a while, and then we’ll add people as needed, and try to charge as soon as possible, because it’s probably going to be [an] open ended sandbox game as well, so it doesn’t need to be completed before people can play it."
I wonder if he's been playing Mass Effect of late as well? A lot of what happens in that game is on your ship, and there's a mild Firefly flavour in BioWare's epic space opera. Either way, it's another sci-fi game (a good thing in my book, if done well), but the question is, where Notch is concerned, can genius strike twice? Or did he just get lucky the first time around?
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