Following the recent news that Minecraft (2011) creator Markus “Notch” Persson was “officially over” the Facebook/Oculus acquisition, Oculus VR CTO John Carmack appears to have offered to port the game to VR.
— John Carmack (@ID_AA_Carmack) August 17, 2014
If you know anything about the legendary John Carmack, you’ll know that he probably isn’t joking. Of course, we don’t know for sure what “you-know-what…” is. An obvious assumption is the Oculus Rift VR headset, but it’s quite possible that Carmack is referring to something else that is known to Persson but not to the public—otherwise, why be coy?
As a $10,000 backer of the original Oculus Rift Kickstarter and someone who was invited to Oculus’ offices, it’s not crazy to think that Persson might have some inside information. With a mobile version of Minecraft already available on Android and iOS, and with Carmack’s involvement in the Oculus Android SDK, it’s possible that he could be talking about a mobile device… Project Moonlight perhaps?
As the best selling game of all time on PC, there’s great demand for Minecraft in VR, both on desktop and mobile. Thus far, the unofficial Minecrift mod has done amazing job of supporting the Rift on PC with the team behind it currently working to update it for the DK2.