Mojang Founder Markus ‘Notch’ Persson isn’t happy about Oculus being bought out by Facebook. Apparently any hope for Minecraft for the Oculus Rift has just been lost.
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
Notch takes a quick and strong stand against Facebook, tweeting his message less than two hours after the announcement hit the web.
This is a complete 180 for the founder of Mojang who supported the Oculus Rift Kickstarter with $10,000 back in August, 2012. Earlier this month Notch had big praise for Oculus after traveling from Sweden to the company’s headquarters in Irvine, California, saying, “Yeah, I need to get back into Oculus Rift development. These are passionate people, and they’re changing the gaming world.”
But now Notch, who said “Facebook creeps me out,” has “cancelled [the] deal” regarding a version of Minecraft for the Oculus Rift.
He expanded his tweet into a full blog post on his personal blog:
Facebook is not a company of grass-roots tech enthusiasts. Facebook is not a game tech company. Facebook has a history of caring about building user numbers, and nothing but building user numbers. People have made games for Facebook platforms before, and while it worked great for a while, they were stuck in a very unfortunate position when Facebook eventually changed the platform to better fit the social experience they were trying to build.
Don’t get me wrong, VR is not bad for social. In fact, I think social could become one of the biggest applications of VR. Being able to sit in a virtual living room and see your friend’s avatar? Business meetings? Virtual cinemas where you feel like you’re actually watching the movie with your friend who is seven time zones away?
But I don’t want to work with social, I want to work with games.
Fortunately, the rise of Oculus coincided with competitors emerging. None of them are perfect, but competition is a very good thing. If this means there will be more competition, and VR keeps getting better, I am going to be a very happy boy. I definitely want to be a part of VR, but I will not work with Facebook. Their motives are too unclear and shifting, and they haven’t historically been a stable platform. There’s nothing about their history that makes me trust them, and that makes them seem creepy to me.
And I did not chip in ten grand to seed a first investment round to build value for a Facebook acquisition.
I have the greatest respect for the talented engineers and developers are Oculus. It’s been a long time since I met a more dedicated and talented group of people. I understand this is purely a business deal, and I’d like to congratulate both Facebook and the Oculus owners. But this is where we part ways.
Thankfully, Minecraft fans can turn to the excellent third-party Minecrift mod which already offers Oculus Rift support.