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Game Developers Detail "Ambitious" Minecraft Followup

By - Source: Markus Persson | B 21 comments
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Mojang's next PC game will be set in outer space and feature a fully functioning emulated 16-bit CPU.

On Wednesday, Markus "Notch" Persson revealed Mojang's follow-up to Minecraft as 0x10c, an "ambitious" PC game set in outer space. The project is still in its early stages, but the team hopes to follow Minecraft's lead and unleash an alpha unto the public so that players help shape the game as it grows. Minecraft originally went into open alpha mode back in May 2009, but didn't go gold until November 2011.

"The cost of the game is still undecided, but it's likely there will be a monthly fee for joining the Multiverse as we are going to emulate all computers and physics even when players aren't logged in," he states. "Single player won't have any recurring fees."

The background story begins during 1988 in a parallel universe. In this timeline, the space race never ended. Science has discovered a way to put humans in a deep sleep for long treks through space. Unfortunately, there was a severe bug in the system, thus passengers hibernated until the year 281 474 976 712 644 AD. They woke 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."

Ultimately Notch and his team want to implement features like a fully working computer system, space battles against AI or other human players, random encounters, lots of engineering and more. "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," Notch states.

So far there's no release date for the alpha, but additional information regarding its overall progress can be found here.

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    dameon51 , April 5, 2012 4:53 AM
    This looks like it could really be something else. I hope they have a dummies version too though, because programming for a cpu isn't everyones cup of tea. But if this catches on the number of assembler programmers out there could increase a lot!
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    Anonymous , April 5, 2012 5:17 AM
    Shut up and TAKE MY MONEY!
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    lemlo , April 5, 2012 5:29 AM
    Storyline sounds crazy! I mean this in a good way!
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    apercu , April 5, 2012 5:47 AM
    Reminds me of this episode...
    I want to see a second big bang. :p 
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    frontylin , April 5, 2012 5:57 AM is already up!!
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    wesleywatson , April 5, 2012 6:33 AM
    0x10 is hexadecimal for 16. Raised to the 'c' power in hex is 16^12, which equals 281,474,976,710,656. That is how many years they've slept. It's another way to write the wrong value entered for the ships trip, according to the story on the site.
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    alidan , April 5, 2012 7:17 AM
    could be interesting, but making minecraft an mmo...

    im just betting that the game will be restricting the mods, something that is required to make minecraft even remotely tolerable.

    im looking at cube world as minecraft done right, and terraria as how combat should have been.
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    Zingam_Duo , April 5, 2012 9:08 AM
    Sounds like a crazy good idea. But can they pull it off? It sounds also very ambitious? Chances are that this game will either be not that good or it will drain their money. Well, I wish them luck! There are so few good games!
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    builder4 , April 5, 2012 9:08 AM
    If a player becomes good enough, can they emulate themselves a girlfriend?
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    joshyboy82 , April 5, 2012 9:11 AM
    This sounds like the DLC to the movie: Pandorum.
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    JimmiG , April 5, 2012 9:20 AM
    Those who love building stuff with redstone in Minecraft will love this game.
    For people who don't have asperger's, I don't think it will be very interesting.
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    snowzsan , April 5, 2012 10:49 AM
    Wow... I invite any of you to watch "The Universe: Cosmic Apocalypse" and tell me if that storyline doesn't sound ripped straight out of it. Notch, you watch far too many documentaries.

    Also, during the black hole era, really? That's when your character wakes up? There's no useful, non-chaotic energy left in the universe. Even if they did manage to wake up, they'd die nearly instantaneously. Just saying....

    This is why you shouldn't smoke pot, stay up late, eat right before bed, and watching documentaries... Notch proves why you shouldn't do it if you have money.
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    tburns1 , April 5, 2012 4:12 PM
    Wow ...imagine the morning breath ...
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    greatsaltedone , April 5, 2012 4:16 PM
    I read about this yesterday, it looks like the whole point is writing an operating system for your ship, which is pretty crazy but so totally cool. I never got into minecraft, it just doesn't interest me, but this looks like something very much worth anyone's time. If they can pull this off kids should be playing this in computer class in middle school.
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    stingstang , April 5, 2012 4:45 PM
    First program I'm writing for my ship's computer? Totally gonna overcharge all the guns so I only get one shot before it cripples the ship...But oh, how awesome would that be?!
    More pew pew.
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    jackbling , April 5, 2012 5:00 PM
    i will but this day 1 alpha release. minecraft was the most efficient money/time/fun $15.00 i ever spent.
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    RipperjackAU , April 5, 2012 5:26 PM
    "Mojang's next PC game will be set in outer space and feature a fully functioning emulated 16-bit CPU."

    Does this mean the graphics will be 16 bit as well?

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    igot1forya , April 5, 2012 6:15 PM
    Somehow I think my CPU will boot for the first time and say the following: "Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you'd like to hear it I can sing it for you."
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    eddieroolz , April 5, 2012 6:44 PM
    It seems a bit far-fetched. Still having trouble understanding how this could be a game.
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    reconspartan , April 5, 2012 7:21 PM
    eddieroolzIt seems a bit far-fetched. Still having trouble understanding how this could be a game.

    Perhaps a byte two far-fetched? *English man's laugh*
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