Minecraft Creator Defends Decision to Cancel Oculus Rift Port

Markus “Notch” Persson says the company was working on a free version of Minecraft for Rift.

Posted By | On 28th, Mar. 2014 Under News


93. A Beautiful Day in Minecraft

Though applauded for his decision to take a stand and cancel the VR edition of Minecraft that Mojang had in development for Oculus Rift after the latter was acquired by Facebook, creator Markus “Notch” Persson has nonetheless faced criticism for the same. Some figures, such as Cliff Bleszinski said that cancelling the title made Notch “look like a pouty kid who is taking his ball and going home. It’s a bratty and petty move and it saddens me greatly.”

Persson responded to the same on Twitter. “CliffyB, one of the investors in Oculus, calls me a ‘pouty kid’ for cancelling the Minecraft thing. Damn straight I am.”

“Also, the ‘ball i’m taking home’ was a potential free version of Minecraft designed to promote VR,” said Persson, who also confirmed that this would have been Minecraft VR Edition. He also rebuked Oculus founder Palmer Luckey’s claims of having nothing in development, stating that a few prototypes had been built and proper development was on-going.

Meanwhile, the reception for Oculus Rift’s sale to Facebook still seem aggravated at best in the gaming community. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.


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  • Stefan Jonsson

    No sane man would not sell his current company for that sum of money, I know I would sell it. Then there’s this whole deal with what vibes that is send to the fanbase.

    I think that IF Facebook keeps their fingers outside of the Occuls development it could turn out better with so much resources avaiable and in that case Zuckerberg just wanted to get a slice of the cake (or rather the big slice) when/if VR grows big and Occuls happens to be the number one.

    It’s just way to early to say if this was bad or not, except for those who backed the project who proably feel backstabbed. But with that money and that much potential with THAT amount of resources I have a feeling it can turn out good in the long run.

    Time will tell.

    • Psionicinversion

      Theres no chance of that happenig slowly but surely facbook will turn it into something for them. no one pays $2billion for an unreleased untested in the market place piece of tech and not want something for themselves out of it

  • d0x360

    Facebook has the capital that oculus needs to become a true consumer product so that’s great news. Bad news is we all know Facebook is evil. As long as fb doesn’t mess it up via getting too involved this should turn out fine

    • incendy

      Facebook is hardly evil haha. They are a company offering services people want and employing tons of workers.

    • d0x360

      Just because they employ people and offer a service doesn’t mean they aren’t evil. Frankly users are the product not the service. Users give them access to every bit of personal information anyone would ever want. They sell that information to marketers and make massive amounts of money. They are evil because they constantly change their own rules and modify settings which allows others to intrude into your personal information. If you value privacy at all you don’t give Facebook access to anything important… Ever.

    • incendy

      It is a social network, not a private network. I think people don’t get that. The idea was never for it to be a place to store your private information, it is a place to store your public information. Facebook never said any different, some people just try to make it something it is not. Facebook isn’t evil for making a Social Network, people are just ignorant for using it in ways that aren’t smart.

    • d0x360

      People get it just fine. Facebook is deceptive and shady. Always has been always will be. You can argue with me all day long if you want but fact of the matter is there is more than enough evidence that supports them being evil.

    • incendy

      Lol, ok then. You keep on believing that.

    • d0x360

      K..

  • I’ll get screamed at for this, but I actually agree with Bleszinski here.


 

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