Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson has canceled plans for an Oculus Rift version of Minecraft following Facebook’s $2 billion buyout of the virtual reality company.
Given how much people wanted to explore Minecraft through virtual reality, what could possibly be his reasoning for pulling support from such a highly anticipated pairing? Persson only had this to say in response on his Twitter page. “Facebook creeps me out.”
We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.
— Markus Persson (@notch) March 25, 2014
Geez, Persson. Why don’t you tell us how you really feel? But still, he has always been a man of strong conviction and doesn’t mind ruffling a few feathers to make his point.
Anybody disappointed by Persson’s decision? I never had plans to invest money into an Oculus Rift, so I am perfectly fine with carving away and building my creations from the traditional viewpoint of a computer screen. Going inside and looking around my fortress of solitude does sound like a nice idea I’d like to try some day.
Luckily, fan mods do exist for unofficial support, and now it seems like it will be the only way to leap into Minecraft’s virtual world. And there’s always Project Morpheus for the PS4 if Minecraft ever heads that way.