Markus “Notch” Persson has launched the official website for Mojang’s new game, and it’s called “Zero Times Ten to the Power of C” or whatever that header image says it’s called. Not really sure. Why don’t you take a bash at figuring out how to pronounce the title? Notch is yet to tell anyone, but has noted that it’s a riddle.
The story is this: the space race never ended, which means that humanity developed all sorts of pieces of science fiction technology that doesn’t exist today. One of those pieces of tech, a “deep sleep cell”, was invented in 1988. The purpose of the chip was to control the sleep of space-faring people, but there was an issue with driver compatibility and those who used the device woke up in the year 281 474 976 712 644 AD only to find the universe pretty much ending.
The game sounds like it’ll feature a mix of space exploration, salvage, computer programming and resource management. The official website lists the following features that Mojang is aiming to include in the game:
- 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.
All of the space ships in the game run off a fixed power supply; this is where the resource management comes in. Certain tasks on board your ship will require varying amounts of power, so it’ll be up to you to turn off certain systems in order to power up others.
All of the ships will feature “a fully functioning emulated 16 bit CPU” that you can use to run the ship. Alternatively you can use it to play games on while you wait for other tasks to finish. Notch has promised more details on the ship CPUs shortly.
Finally, it’s been suggested that the game will be launched in a similar manner to Minecraft, with an early build being released so that players can help shape the final product. Apparently the cost of the game is undecided, but a monthly fee has been suggested because Mojang says they’ll be emulating “all computers and physics even when players aren’t logged in”.