Minecraft creator severs ties with Oculus Rift following Facebook acquisition

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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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