This day brings us much wanted and long awaited news on 0x10c's development, so we'll take the time to savor every last bit of it.
The first of the news arrived in the form of a screenshot for the new character model that 0x10c will use. Courtesy of a tweet from Jonatan Pöljö (@eldrone), the artist for 0x10c, comes this render of a lovingly crafted low polygon astronaut. In spite of the very low polygon count and low texture resolution (Looks to be around 128x128), the model possesses quite a bit of life and lots of detail. These details include detachable helmet, recognizable facial features, and kung-fu grip action.
Whether this model will replace the current PC placeholders in a temporary or permanent manner is unclear at this time, but I personally hope that it is a clear indication of the kind of art style we can expect in 0x10c's future.
While this astronaut may be performing "one small step" for man in the title, there will first have to be somewhere for him to step on - this is where Notch's planned ship designer comes to play. Birthed from yet another newsworthy tweet, the following image of the ship designer really piques our interests here:
There isn't a lot that is clear about how ship designing will occur. At this time, we can only speculate as to whether this tool will simply be an in-house tool or whether a modified version will be created to let users design vessels of their own. It seems to operate on a grid of some sort, but it's difficult to extrapolate much else from the image except that it seems to identify walls and rooms pretty deftly.
Perhaps this ship designer is more of a design interface which can output blueprints rather than entire vessels - blueprints which can then be sent to drydocks or vessel manufacturers to have resources converted into starships of various kinds.
Notch has commented that he won't be able to show much, if any, 0x10c related material at Minecon this year, but we do hope that he will be energized after the convention enough to continue surprising us with awesome 0x10c related news.
There is some question as to what the phrase "Montauk" means. It can be read by viewing the full version of the ship designer screenshot, located here.
As near as we can tell, it is simply a development name for the program. We believe that it is a reference to the alleged "Montauk Project" - supposedly a series of secret tests by the United States government concerning things like time travel, teleportation, mind control, and psychological warfare. It was rumored to be a sister project to Project Rainbow (Also known as the Philadelphia Experiment) - another alleged project in which attempts were made to make a US war ship invisible.