Post by Dan @ 10:54am 26/03/14 | 37 Comments
Among widely mixed reactions to this morning's surprise announcment that Facebook would be acquiring OculusVR, famed Minecraft developer Markus "Notch" Persson, who had committed a $10,000 pledge to the Oculus Rift's original Kickstarter campaign, has weighed in with his own position on the controversial move.
Persson reveals that he had been in discussion to develop a tailored version of Minecraft for the VR display, and that those plans were now shelved due to general distrust and lack of confidence in Facebook:
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.Despite being posted with the disclaimer of it being a "midnight mind dump" from a "jetlagged and tired" Notch, the full blog post offers an earnest and transparent explanation for the developer's decision and is otherwise still very positive about the potential future for virtual reality tech.
Sadly, we're likely to see more of this kind of response from independent developers as the Rift project transitions from it's community-driven grassroots beginnings into a subsidiary of a publicly-listed company.
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