Minecraft Oculus was going to be free, Notch responds to CliffyB’s defence of Facebook deal

By Dave Cook
28 March 2014 10:47 GMT

Minecraft creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson has responded to a heated blog post from Cliff Bleszinski writen in defence of Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR. It follows Persson’s decision to cancel the Oculus version of his popular creation title.

I also penned a blog on the matter, stressing that we don’t yet know the full details of the deal, and why Facebook’s cash injection is a good thing for the VR start-up.

“Your device is only as good as the store and community around it,” Bleszinski said in his post, “if users can’t say shut up and take my money, if developers can’t post their work then the device will ultimately flounder. Facebook can assist with this sort of thing, as well as having a multi billion user reach.”

On Notch’s decision, the former Gears of War designer added, “p.s. Notch, your cancelling Minecraft makes you 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 took to Twitter to refute Bleszinski’s statement:

On the nature of the Minecraft Oculus project, he added:

The pair have since cooled their jets and are most likely the best of friends again. Maybe.

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey also called out Persson’s decision however, stating, “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.”

Responding to Luckey’s claim on Kotaku, Notch said that he had built a few Oculus Rift prototypes and that Mojang was working on the game proper, which he confirmed would have been called Minecraft VR Edition.

Via Eurogamer.

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