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Notch Cancels Minecraft For Oculus Following Facebook Acquisition
Mojang’s Markus “Notch” Persson has canceled an Oculus-compatible version of Minecraft following the news of Facebook’s acquisition of the VR company. “We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus,” Persson said. “I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.”
Notch further detailed his decision to cancel the game in a blog post.
“Facebook is not a game tech company,” Notch writes. “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.”
While he did admit that social could be huge for VR, he emphasizes , “I don’t want to work with social, I want to work with games.” Furthermore, Persson doesn’t trust Facebook as an entity. “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.”
He concludes, “I’d like to congratulate both Facebook and the Oculus owners. But this is where we part ways.”