Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, founder of Mojang and creator of Minecraft, spoke to PC Gamer recently about his plans now that he’s stepped down from his role as lead developer on Minecraft. He expressed his desire to do something inspired like Elite (the 1984 space trading simulator), only better. Instead of restricting players to piloting their spaceships and trading with planets through menus, Notch wants to make it so that players are actual characters within their spaceships.
“I want the space game that’s more like Firefly. 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.”
Realizing what he had done, Notch later tweeted this in a belated attempt to douse the raging fanboy fires that were already sweeping the Internet :
The creator of Minecraft + sandbox space simulator + Firefly?