Elite was massive hot back in the eighties with the PC crowd. Offering a world shaped by the gamer, with trading, space battles and exploration, it has arguably never been bettered. Now it seems like the creator of Minecraft wants to take Elites crown and develop the space game of this generation.
Markus ‘Notch’ Persson has revealed that his next big release will be tentatively titled 0x10c, and will feature many of the same elements that made Elite a success. Apparently engineering, space battles and a full economy will all play a large role in the game, but it will also have a heavy multiplayer element and will be shaped by the fans to a large degree, something to be expected by the designer of Minecraft.
He stated that the single player section of the game would not have any recurring fees, but the persistent online multiplayer may well have a monthly charge associated with it. No release date as yet, but 0x10c is said to be extremely early in development.
Backstory and Setting
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.
The Generator and the Computer
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.
Full specifications of the CPU will be released shortly, so the more programatically advanced of you can get a head start.