Now Notch Wants To Make A Firefly-Inspired Space Trading Game?

Since stepping down as Minecraft’s lead developer late last year, Notch has been keeping himself busy teasing the hell out of his fans with regular hints that he’s interested in doing something that would completely blow our minds through our feet. Maybe he’ll use his magical powers to make Psychonauts 2 happen! Wait, hold on, maybe not. Ok, so what if he funds Dungeon Keeper 3? Yes, that would indeed be awesome, but unfortunately it looks like some other shiny object has caught his eye. And it’s just as likely to be both awesome and never made.

Talking to PC Gamer, Notch teased the project he’d like to make after he’s done with MiniTale; a space trading game like Elite, only “done right”. Done right how? Like a true Browncoat who’d never give in to the purple bellies, that’s how. “I want the space game that’s more like Firefly,” he said, eliciting immediate, reflexive tears of joy from people named Ross Lincoln. “I want to run around on my ship and have to put out a fire. Like, oh crap, the cooling system failed, I have to put out the fire here.”

Which is to say, not really much of a Space Trading game if you control the crew instead of the ship, though of course, this is just a general gist kind of description. For all we know you’d be controlling the minutia of the ship itself and not actually navigating the crew through the interior. And besides, this probably isn’t going to happen anyway. PC Gamer notes that Notch is just kicking ideas around about what would be cool to play. “If someone steals the idea before me, that’s totally fine. I just want to play that game.”

Let’s be honest: by this time next week, Notch will probably be talking about how we wants to get together with Michel Ancel to make Beyond Good & Evil 2 happen. Two weeks after that, it’ll be a stray comment about how awesome it would be to make Eternal Darkness 2. SIGH.

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