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Minecraft creator announces new project

The creator behind hit sandbox game Minecraft has announced his next project.

Markus Alexej "Notch" Persson, the designer behind the hit game Minecraft,  has revealed the first details of his next project 0x10c.

Although the game is in the very earliest stage of development, he can confirm that it will be a "space game" and altogether quite ambitious.

Much like the way that Minecraft was created, Notch will release the game early on in its development so that players can get involved in the process and shape the end product.

0x10c will bet set in a parallel universe "where the space race never ended, space travel was gaining popularity amongst corporations and rich individuals."

Due to an accident in a deep sleep cell on a spaceship in 1988 the inhabitants are sent to the land of nod for 0x0001 0000 0000 0000 years.

As such, it is over 281 trillion years until the first passengers begin waking up.

[The] universe [is] 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," explains the website.

Although being set in the most distant future imaginable, the ship runs off a 16-bit CPU straight out of the 1980s, when the accident occurred.

There will be both single player and "multiverse" modes to the game that will involve space battles, landing on planets and a fully working in-game computer system.

The sandbox approach of Minecraft will likely be present in 0x10c, giving players an impressive amount of freedom.

Around 5.5 million copies of Notch's Minecraft have been sold worldwide. The game allows users to use textured cubes to create any structure they can imagine.

The final version of the game did not get released until the end of 2011 but gamers began playing it in its alpha form back in May 2009.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801334990-ADNFCR