Notch reveals: Mass Effect April Fool is really a new game

If you spent all of Sunday hiding from April 1's annual barrage of falsehood, japery and good old-fashioned made-up crap, you'll have missed the debut of Mars Effect, an obsessive-sounding sci-fi concoction posing as the new game from Minecraft heart-throb “Notch” Persson. So now you're all caught up on Notch's April Fool, the Swedish trickster's about ready to meta-fool you with the announcement that Mars Effect really is his next project, albeit without that difficult name. No, this game's got a whole new, arguably even more difficult name!

0x10c is the real, no-fooling title of Notch's next effort, which the Mojang founder describes as a “quite ambitious” space sim. The game's backstory sees the Space Race continuing into the 1980s with the growth of corporate and personal interplanetary tech – before a programming glitch sees hypersleep modules sending people to sleep until the year 281 474 976 712 644 AD.

Features promised for the title so far include hard science fiction, “lots of engineering,” an advanced economy system, space battles, and a fully-working 16-bit computer front-end for tinkering by programming-savvy players. This “can be used to control your entire ship,” says Notch, “or just to play games on while waiting for a large mining operation to finish.”

Persson says the game's “still very early in development,” but hopes to adopt a Minecraft-esque, player-driven development model. The finished game will likely run on a subscription system, says Notch, necessary to power the game's substantial persistent backend. Jump on Gmail Tap and spread the news!

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  • mark-penrice - April 4, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    Niiiice. But which 16 bit will he base it on? A 68k (ST/Amiga/Mac/Sharp/etc)... an x86 (PC... and... er... PC98)? Something else? Some strange desktop version of the SNES? Or maybe an ambitious Minecraft-based 16 bit redstone computer?
  • Falcon4196 - April 4, 2012 6:47 a.m.

    Ah an Aprils Fools double fake out, well done sir. The concept is certainly interesting. It does seem like it will be bit a niche market though. I'll check out the beta at least.
  • c-c-c-combo breaker - April 4, 2012 1:04 a.m.

    Gmail tap? Oh dear.
  • BladedFalcon - April 3, 2012 10:08 p.m.

    you guys forgot to mention a key feature: "A game ending that makes sense" :P In all seriousness though. this being probably PC exclusive (At least for a while) not sure if I'll try it, but it definitely sounds interesting, so I'll keep an eye on regardless ^^
  • Philber - April 3, 2012 8:28 p.m.

    You need a game to play while you wait for mining to finish in the game you're playing...? XD That sounds a little off. In all seriousness, this does look interesting.
  • LuketheJuke24 - April 3, 2012 8:14 p.m.

    This sounds awesome!!! Need more info.

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