A few days back, Minecraft creator, Markus “Notch” Persson announced that the game for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset would be cancelled following after Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR. Facebook creeps him out. Simple as that.
It seems like a bad decision. With Facebook backing the device, Minecraft for the Oculus Rift could have made a lot of money for Notch and Mojang, but it is their baby, so it is his call at the end of the day. In a series of posts on Twitter, Notch revealed that Minecraft for the Oculus Rift was designed to be free. The idea was to do this so that he and Mojang could help promote the virtual reality technology, or at least that’s what he claims, although Oculus Rift’s inventor, Palmer Luckey says that Notch did not really do much to begin with.
On Facebook, Luckey wrote, “He had the Rift for a year and had not even tried the Minecraft mod (which is really good), much less done any exploration work. I think Notch is a super cool guy, but it is really easy to ‘cancel’ a project that was never started as an out.” However Notch says that he had built several prototype games for the Oculus Rift and that the team behind the mobile version of the game was the one that was responsible for the development of the Oculus Rift version. In any event, right now Minecraft for the Oculus Rift is cancelled. Hopefully that will change.
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