Notch On 0x10c: "I'm Working Slower On It"


Posted July 31, 2012 - By Stephen Johnson

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Screenshot Leak From Notch's New Game, 0x10c

If you're excited about Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson's upcoming game 0x10c, you might want to slow down on the enthusiasm; it looks like it will be a while until it is finished.

In a recent "AMA" on reddit, Notch said that he is "working slower on it until after PAX when I can recruit some other devs internally to help out," and that his early enthusiasm for the game may have generated more hype than he intended, and caused him to feel like he was "rushing the game."

So everyone slow down and let the man do his work.

Here's the relevant quote: 

Q: How much have you actually worked on 0x10c?

A: I've spent a lot of time on the DCPU specification and implementation, and fleshing out the game world, trying to come up with fun scenarios that I want happen in the game. Actual GAME content, not much at all. I did some live streamed development, and felt a constant pressure to move ahead fast, which built more hype that I intended, and made me feel like I was rushing the game. Now I'm working slower on it until after PAX when I can recruit some other devs internally to help out, and I'm trying to talk less about it. My public enthusiasm for it builds way more hype than I want it to.

Here's the official description of 0x10c, so you can determine whether you think it will be worth the wait.

"In 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."

As a huge fan of Minecraft, I'm really looking forward to Notch's next game, but I'm not expecting the same kind earth-shaking innovation and perfection. As Notch himself puts it in his AMA,

"If people are expecting that [a game as popular as Minecraft], they will be disappointed. Minecraft is a once in a million fluke."

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Notch On 0x10c: "I'm Working Slower On It"


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