Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson has unveiled his next project, a sci-fi sandbox trading game called 0x10c.

The game’s official website has also gone live and can be found here.

“In a parallel universe where the space race never ended, space travel was gaining popularity amongst corporations and rich individuals,” reads the premise.

“In 1988, a brand new deep sleep cell was released, compatible with all popular 16 bit computers. Unfortunately, it used big endian, whereas the DCPU-16 specifications called for little endian. This led to a severe bug in the included drivers, causing a requested sleep of 0x0000 0000 0000 0001 years to last for 0x0001 0000 0000 0000 years.

“It's now the year 281 474 976 712 644 AD, and the first lost people are starting to wake 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.”

Each player's ship will include an emulated 16-bit CPU: "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.

"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."

The game will be both singleplayer and multiplayer, says the site. It’s still uncertain as to whether there’ll be a subscription for multiplayer

“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.”

Other features include:

  • 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.

The game has no release date, however as with Minecraft, “we expect to release it early and let the players help me shape the game as it grows,” reads the site.