Somewhere Deep in the Caribbean…
Return to Monkey Island Review
Another Aussie-made gem, and a wonderful spin on the Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing genre.
Wylde Flowers - Utterly Charming
A slice of life full of meaning, and an Aussie made gem to boot
Wayward Strand Review
Zen 4 ushers in a new era for AMD CPU performance when it comes to straight-up gaming.
AMD Ryzen 7600X Review - Gaming Excellence
Post by Dan @ 01:20pm 04/04/12 | 15 Comments
The term "Hard Sci-fi" carries a lot of dorky stigma, but Minecraft creator and Mojang Specifications founder Markus "Notch" Persson is one developer that doesn't need to concern himself with mainstream appeal. Following up the moderately amusing MARS Effect April fools gag, Notch has now confirmed that Mojang's next game will actually be a space-faring affair, and that the feature set listed on the joke site was actually a reasonably accurate summary of their actual intentions.

With a name as niche as the genre, 0×10c (Notch still won't share it's intended pronunciation) appears to be an extremely hardcore space sim, set in the year 281 474 976 712 644 AD, where players control ships with 80s style computer hardware via intense micromanagement to explore the galaxies, perform deep-space mining operations and do... well we don't really know what else.

Here's the hopeful feature list from the official site:
  • Hard science fiction.
  • 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.
A release window or intended launch platforms are yet to be revealed.



minecraftnotchmojang0x10c





Latest Comments
jackflash
Posted 01:44pm 04/4/12
Just watched Alien last night in preparation for Prometheus. I hope thats what they mean by 80's style computer hardware :D
Khel
Posted 01:52pm 04/4/12
I thought his next game was that Scrolls thing?
Mantorok
Posted 01:55pm 04/4/12
I thought his next game was that Scrolls thing?
No, that's another Mojang team.
Dan
Posted 02:01pm 04/4/12
And I meant next as in, the next game they have announced. Not necessarily the next that they will launch.
qmass
Posted 02:46pm 04/4/12
Reverend Evil
Posted 03:02pm 04/4/12
That show looks like it could be awesome. Gonna check it out.
ravn0s
Posted 03:27pm 04/4/12
people are speculating it's pronounced hex 10 to the power of c.
Bah
Posted 04:03pm 04/4/12
Haha speculation on how the name is pronounced, what a wank.
Dazhel
Posted 04:29pm 04/4/12
Notch loves his 'computer inside a computer' style games for sure
greazy
Posted 04:38pm 04/4/12
It's probably something silly like it's the latin letter for C which is the western version of the greek gamma and this being the third game... So it's code name is Gamma.
Eorl
Posted 04:50pm 04/4/12
Isn't it just how fast the speed of light is?

Edit - Google seems to say it's "0 × 10 * the speed of light = 0 m / s".
IVY_MiKe
Posted 06:01pm 04/4/12
It's an interesting concept, but it's waaaay to early to get excited about this...

Also, the 'X' games managed to do 'open-ended' sci-fi space exploration quite well... it didn't make them great games tho.
Khel
Posted 06:21pm 04/4/12
0x10 is hex notation, not zero multiplied by 10. Considering the story is some nonsense about a little endian and big endian mixup in the programming of the stasis pods, it makes sense it'd be hex notation. Still a bit of a daft name though, but I guess people will buy it anyway cos hes the Minecraft guy
illumanist
Posted 12:18pm 06/4/12
I was sitting there playing minecraft, and thought to myself, geeze, would be awesome to be able to build a ship now and explore space! What do ya know! Whatttaaaaa maddddd c***!
Captain Lateral
Posted 12:33pm 06/4/12
I was sitting there playing minecraft, and thought to myself, geeze, would be awesome to be able to build a ship now and explore space! What do ya know! Whatttaaaaa maddddd c***!
i really hope the worlds you land on are able similar to the minecraft worlds and that mining is similar (except with drilling equipment attached to the ship would be cool)
Commenting has been locked for this item.
15 Comments
Show