Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has released the name and synopsis for his next game, an ambitious space strategy title called 0X10C.
The premise is that in 1988, the 16-bit computers running a new deep sleep cell used the big endian byte order instead of the little endian, thus putting a "1" in the wrong place and putting all of humanity to sleep until the year 281 474 976 712 644 AD. Oops!
Now, the universe is on the brink of extinction, and you have to begin the rebuilding process using a ship run by that same 16-bit computer. The really cool part is that the game will actually emulate the 16-bit CPU.
Your computer can be used "to control your entire ship, or just to play games on while waiting for a large mining operation to finish." (Of course mining had to be involved somehow. We're talking about Notch, after all.)
There's no release date or price structure for 0x10C yet, but Notch says it will eventually open for beta and be shaped by player input just like Minecraft was.