Minecraft developer Notch cancels Oculus VR version of game after Facebook acquisition

With the recent purchase of Oculus VR by Facebook, Notch took to Twitter to announce that he was canceling the deal for an Oculus version of Minecraft.

In light of the just-announced acquisition of the VR company Oculus by Facebook, Markus "Notch" Persson announced that he no longer plans on bringing Minecraft to the Oculus Rift. Persson is the head of Minecraft development studio Mojang.

The surprise announcement of Facebook's purchase came by way of a Facebook post from Mark Zuckerberg earlier today. We'll be following this developing story closely to learn what it means means for the future of Oculus.

A shareable beta version of Minecraft for the Rift is still available on the Oculus website, though it's been renamed "Minecrift."

Justin Haywald is a senior editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @JustinHaywald. Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

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IgotHigh13
IgotHigh13

facebook sucks and VR is now doomed

mkygod
mkygod

As long as they don't make me login to Facebook or plaster ads or put microtransactions into every Oculus game, then im okay with the acquisition.

NX75
NX75

As much as I think that Facebook is probably going to mishandle the OR from here on out (against their own best interests, because they're dumb), I've never been impressed by this sort of childish behavior that's for some reason so commonly found among prominent indie developers.

saintkido
saintkido

damn....facebook is going to buy the entire planet in theirs next investment.... ¬¬

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

God, am I the only one sick of Notch's overzealous ego? He thinks he knows everything.

This is the same man who, when asked for help from Microsoft to certify Minecraft for Windows 8, said 'I'd rather have Minecraft not run on win8 at all than to play along', pushing his own self-appointed agenda by supposedly e-mailing Microsoft to tell them to 'stop trying to ruin the PC as an open platform'. When if he had actually tried using Windows 8 before running his fat mouth, he'd realize that it's almost exactly the same as every other Windows OS to ever release.

Granted, I don't like that Facebook managed to acquire Oculus VR either, but do people honestly, genuinely believe that it will no longer receive any sort of support in the form of video games? Absolutely not. Everything Notch ever says, every single thing, I take with a grain of salt, and I would even go as far as to believe the exact opposite. The fat dummy makes one indie hit and suddenly thinks he is the smartest man on the planet. Am I the only one who sees this?

Crabjock
Crabjock

So, a man who built a game from the ground up independently, who put its future development in the hands of independent devs that are still under the Independant company Mojang, doesn't approve of someone selling out their vision and name?






Shocker

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

I hope other developers follow. With the focus on non-gaming scenarios, the full potential of this device will not be realised in gaming.

manu_bud
manu_bud

And the downfall of the Oculus Rift begins... :'(   But respect for Notch

Syphen_bast
Syphen_bast

Ive heard a rumor, that some OR formats will come with a cow on the front panel for farmville players, and another with candies...and so on.

MJ-X
MJ-X

More Powa to you "Notch"

FB, go home.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

How long did it take him to think of "It creeps me out." as opposed to "Facebook is a massive bucket of monkey turds."?

surferosh
surferosh

good man Notch.. the man's got massive cojones and always stands by his principles.. i respect that !

Caldrin
Caldrin

Poor guy sounds like is he crying.. maybe he wanted to buy the company out but could not afford it..

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

And facebook stocks fall once again... Piss off Fuckerberg.

ACMC85
ACMC85

It's sad I don't get to play with virtual legos, in a virtual lego world, but oh well.

devilzzz1983
devilzzz1983

Facebook buying this just isn't about gamers.  They will use Oculus for other crap we don't want and I am glad that Markus Persson understands we don't want Oculus tied to Facebook for that reason.  I look forward to seeing what Sony and other companies do in the future.  Hopefully they kill off Oculus without killing off what is good about virtual reality.

Kunakai
Kunakai

I've just lost all respect for Notch, his weird hat obsession creeps me out, I still play Minecraft. Not only that but he's also put Minecraft on devices from many much less reputable companies than Facebook. To hell with Notch! 

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

@NX75 I wholeheartedly agree. Notch is one of the most childish, hypocritical, egotistical people I've ever had the misfortune to know about, all because he made one indie title that spread like wildfire.

haze0986
haze0986

@yearssomuch  windows 8 is the worst windows ever, im not sure what your using.... its a touchscreen os meant for phones that they forced on non touch devices

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

In fact, Notch cancelling his support is only going to add to this ludicrous idea that suddenly, Oculus VR isn't for gaming, or about gaming.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

@Crabjock Right? As I said in a previous comment, this is the same guy who refused any and all support for his game on Windows 8, because Microsoft was supposedly 'ruining the PC as an open platform', without actually knowing anything about the OS. Meanwhile, he releases the same game on a console made by the same company, that came out in what, 2005? A console that is, for all intents and purposes, a 'locked platform', if you will. On top of that, he's also totally fine with releasing paid-for, highly overpriced DLC skin packs on that same console. Never minding the fact that skins can be created in Paint on your PC, including Windows 8.

Irony is a cruel, sweet beast.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

@xgalacticax That is purely speculative, you have absolutely no idea how the focus will be oriented in terms of future development. 

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

@manu_bud Right, respect for a man who has negatively-charged, impulsive reactions to company buyouts, never minding the fact that he passed the continued development of his game to another company via, you guessed it, a buyout. But again, we should praise this man, right? We should give this man respect for being a hypocrite, is this what you honestly believe?

Well, this wouldn't be the first time Notch has received positive feedback regarding one of his many hypocritical, contradicting stances towards something he knows nothing about, so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised.

dongraiser
dongraiser

His tardwranglers reminded him of the last time he autismed all ofer twitter and editorialized it for him-

shame since notch is so good at generating lols

Radnen
Radnen

@XNEXUS666X  Which SUCKS since most of that 2 billion is IN FB stock. This devalues the acquisition of Oculus. So in reality Oculus was acquired for LESS THAN 2 Billion. Who knows what their value will end up after the dust settles? A few hundred million? Barely a billion?

dongraiser
dongraiser

Virtual boy was better and it still sucked asd

Caldrin
Caldrin

@devilzzz1983 Oculus as you know it now wont change other than getting better and maybe havinga facebook logo on the side of it.. other than that it will still be a VR device for gaming.. 


Will facebook use the technology for other things as well, hell yes they would be stupid not to.. but they are not retarded and wont start making users watch adverts everytime they want to play a game.

WoodenStick
WoodenStick

@Kunakai you lost all respect for Notch... he's been wearing hats for years but you still play his game? how can you listen to yourself but act in favor of Notch by playing his game?

Name those less reputable companies or stop trolling bulls**t, i am tired of condemning troll posts like yours.

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

@Kunakai O_o poor child. blaming the man that doesn't want you raped.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

@haze0986 @yearssomuch And another thing.. if you honestly, genuinely believe that Windows 8 is the WORST Windows ever made, then you clearly never used Windows ME. That pile of garbage makes Windows 8 seem like a dream come true.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

@haze0986 @yearssomuch Have you actually used it? The only part of the OS that is 'touchscreen-oriented' is the Start Menu, which is just as easy to use with a point-and-click mouse. From there you can access the Desktop, which, from that point on, is identical to absolutely any and every Windows operating system that came before it. In fact, more often than not, you don't have to deal with any of the 'new' design Windows 8 employs, and can in fact, operate the OS exactly the same as every other version of Windows. It's still Windows, but unfortunately most people are too stuck up their own asses to give it enough of a chance to see that it's actually not THAT bad.

When Notch made his little pithy comments, Windows 8 was only available through particular pre-release means, such as early access due to certain college programs. He knew absolutely zero about the OS, as is made clear through his mediocre and obviously ill-informed opinions. Win8 is just as much of an open platform as any other Windows OS, which is made abundantly clear when you realize that you can install and run practically any and every program that is compatible with previous versions of Windows.

I'm in agreement that Windows 7 was a superior OS, but that doesn't make Windows 8 the awful operating system everyone makes it out to be. I'm honestly convinced that the majority of people who go about slinging mud at Windows 8 haven't used it.

dongraiser
dongraiser

the xbox is run by an entirely different team than the one that works on the Windows, you do know this right? The xbox division doesnt allow any unofficial modification of anything, thus we get DLC.

Also, the price you see is the minimum xbox market DLC price, not mojangs bull.

dongraiser
dongraiser

Lolwut? There was no buyout, shame on you for spreading misinformation.

minecraft is still done by mojang (different developers in same company =\= buyout), PC and pocket versions are done by them and an outside company was hired to translate java into whatever language xbox uses for minecraft 360, the pocket version is the reference for 360 version not other company developing...

Enundr
Enundr

@Caldrin @devilzzz1983lol thats funny , you think they WONT do any of that.......best way to start out the day , thanks man XD

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

@RedDragonGecko @yearssomuch Really, that's the best you got? To take my words completely out of context, spin them to serve a different meaning, and even imply that I'm defending Microsoft to such an extent that I should work for them? Trust me, that's the last thing I'm doing.. Lord knows, Microsoft's PR department has enough of a task on their hands trying to brainwash everyone with daily 'news articles' that isn't news at all, merely biased propaganda pieces they spread around multiple times a week in an attempt change public opinion regarding their products, or to boost sales figures
I'm only suggesting that before people slander something, they should give that something a chance first, not base their slander on hearsay and misinformation. So with that in mind, you're going to have to try a little bit harder than that, bud.

But hey, nice try though.

NX75
NX75

@Caldrin @Enundr @devilzzz1983  I used to believe that those whose business it is to make all these decisions would of course end up making the best call they could. I mean, i'ts ostensibly all they think about every day, so I had to think that the people in charge of running the world were handling it, and that they knew better than I did, because I only think about their problems when I'm not busy with my own concerns, whereas their problems are what they work on from 9 to 5 every single day. But then I grew up, and started to realize more and more that the people in charge of the world are really just idiots who make really bad calls all the time and screw everyone over, including themselves. They're more successful than I'll ever be, and filthy rich and all that, but that doesn't mean they're wise. It doesn't mean they have the common sense to avoid the obvious pitfalls we're all trying to warn them about.


Yes it would make sense for Facebook not to screw up the Rift with a bunch of BS and torpedo the whole project because they got too greedy, but I don't put stupid crap like that past anyone anymore because I've seen it happen too many times to think they're smart enough to avoid it.

Caldrin
Caldrin

@Enundr @Caldrin@devilzzz1983You do realise if they did anything like that no one would buy the device.. They will make enough cash just from selling devices and so on.. why risk loosing everything by somehow forcing you to watch adverts before you play games ?

No it wont happen there is enough money to be made with the technology without worrying about adverts.