Markus 'Notch' Persson - creator of the insanely popular game Minecraft - has released the first footage of his new game, oddly titled '0x10c'.
It doesn't show much; it's more a development test of the game's art and dynamic lights - basically he shoots lasers down dark hallways - but Persson did sit down with our friends at PC Gamer for a chat about his ideas for the mysterious title.
"The goal is to have it feel a bit like [US sci-fi show] Firefly," said Notch. "You can try to land on a planet but you mess up and, instead of having the ship just explode like it would in real life, the landing gear gets broken. Then you have to try to fix that by finding resources."
He adds, "Instead of the adventure being flying from here to here, it's: 'I set the destination, oh god I hit a small asteroid and the cloaking device broke'. I think they really nailed that kind of emergent aspect in [spaceship simulation game] FTL."
Still in a drastically early phase of development, the exact form of the game is still being decided, says PC Gamer, but it has been confirmed that the player will own a ship with a computer that has a 16-bit brain you can program.
Sound daunting? "I'm trying to design the game so you don't have to know programming but you can share the code," says Notch. "If you have a friend who's made this really awesome docking algorithm, you can put that on a floppy disk within the game and put that into your computer."
Notch goes on to say that the game currently has no multiplayer yet, and he won't work on that until the game itself is 'fun'. "With Minecraft I waited too long to add multiplayer, so that was a huge hassle. So now, as soon as it's fun, I'm going to do the multiplayer. But nothing in the game is fun right now. I need to figure out what is actually a fun game mechanic in all of this," he said.