0x10^c is a strange, wild idea for a game from Markus "Notch" Persson. With Minecraft, players were offered a simple world with a seemingly infinite realm of possibilities for building and exploration. With 0x10^c, well, what's being offered isn't abundantly clear.

The game will feature things like programming, of some sort, space travel, customization, loot, space battles, engineering and mining. Here's one of the most interesting bits from Notch on the game's official site:

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.

Right, so, gamers who are currently interested in 0x10^c don't have much in the way of finite information to go on. It's a provocative idea, no doubt, but what exactly players will do in 0x10^c remains a partial mystery.

The video at the head of this post is a simple lighting and physics test Notch uploaded for the world to see. It doesn't represent the game's final graphics, and it certainly doesn't offer a glimpse into what we'll all be doing in space. It is, however, a glance at what's to come. In its current form, it looks quite reminiscent of Minecraft.

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