0x10c is the strangest name that I have ever heard for a video game. However at this point I want this game more than any other that's in development. 0x10c is being developed by Notch (with his company Mojang Software), a man who in my opinion is the most important person in game development (I wrote a blog about that) .
Mojang (the people who brought you Minecraft) have been developing the game Scrolls for a while now and although it looks like a good game it has failed to capture the internet's attention like Minecraft did. Don't get me wrong, I have no doubt that Scrolls will be an excellent card game/RTS hybrid but its just not exciting the way Minecraft was. But now we have 0x10c to look forward to.
0x10c was announced recently via many websites (including twitter). So far we know that it will be inspired by the Frontier games (picture above) and will have a fully programmable 16 bit virtual computer operating the players ship as well as being a type of MMO (few details yet)
There is a great website detailing everything we know about the game at this point called 0x10.cc and it chronicles the information far better than I ever could.
The Official site for the game has this to say about the back story:
Backstory and SettingIn a parallel universe where the space race never ended, space travel was gaining popularity amongst corporations and rich individuals.
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.
A little confusing yes but all the best hard science fiction is.
The main feature of the game will be this programmable virtual computer that will push the modding community to the limit making bigger and better OS's and applications that it will run correctly. The game will also fill a hole in the market for a good science fiction space simulation (a hole left when Frontier elite two was never replaced by another game) as well as being an MMO (of sorts)
It's great to see a company like Mojang managing to get the 'Minecraft effect' a second time. With this level of Hype and interest I can't see the game failing, as long as it is everything promised.
Please take the time to read the information about the game in the links i have put in this post and hopefully like me you will want this game more than WoW 2 or HL3.