Notch: F2P is a Scam and 0x10C May Have a Monthly Subscription

Notch’s next game is taking some heat from gamers over a monthly subscription. Markus Persson’s new game is called 0x10c and it will be set in space (previously called Mars Effect as an April Fools). However, one statement in the description caught everyone’s eye:

The cost of the game is still undecided, but it’s likely there will be a monthly fee for joining the Multiverse as we are going to emulate all computers and physics even when players aren’t logged in. Single player won’t have any recurring fees.

While nothing is set in stone, it seems that the online portion of the game will “likely” require a monthly fee. As you can imagine this caused some gamers to get upset and some individuals questioned him about a possible Free to Play model (F2P) instead. Unfortunately for those anxious to see that sort of model taken into consideration, Notch was quick to shutdown the possibility of a F2P model when he called it a scam.

@KiiLLBOT f2p is a scam.

However, with that aside the game is looking rather interesting. He made his own processor specification sheet for the DCPU-16 and users that have worked with assembly language will feel right at home on that page. Here is a list of what to expect from the official 0x10C website:

-Hard science fiction.
-Lots of engineering.
-Fully working computer system.
-Space battles against the AI or other players.
-Abandoned ships full of loot.
-Duct tape!
-Seamlessly landing on planets.
-Advanced economy system.
-Random encounters.
-Mining, trading, and looting.
-Single and multi player connected via the multiverse.

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.