Minecraft creator severs ties with Oculus Rift following Facebook acquisition


As Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook had bought Oculus VR, one developer took to Twitter to voice his concerns.

Markus Persson said he had been working with the startup to build a virtual reality version of the popular brick-building game, Minecraft.

In a tweet, he said: ‘We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.’

The 34-year-old from Sweden then went on to post a  blog which when into more detail about his decision.

I definitely want to be a part of [virtual reality], but I will not work with Facebook,’ wrote Persson. 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 10 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 at 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.’

As a consolation for Minecraft fans, they will still be able to play a modified (unofficial) version called Minecrift. At the start of the game, a player is put into a ‘virtually infinite game world.’ They can then walk around different terrains, including mountains, forests and caves.

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