Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson has revealed that the now canceled version of Minecraft for Oculus Rift would have been free.
Earlier this week, Notch announced that he was canceling plans to release his popular world-building title for the virtual reality device after Facebook purchased its creator Oculus VR for $2 billion. “We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal,” he said on Twitter at the time. “Facebook creeps me out.”
Later he explained his reasoning 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.
“I definitely want to be a part of VR, but I will not work with Facebook,” he added. “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.”
Later Oculus investor Cliff Bleszinski wrote his own blog post defending the deal. “Your device is only as good as the store and community around it; if users can’t say shut up and take my money, if developers can’t post their work then the device will ultimately flounder,” he wrote. “Facebook can assist with this sort of thing, as well as having a multi billion user reach.”
At the end of his post he added: “p.s. Notch, your cancelling Minecraft makes you look like a pouty kid who is taking his ball and going home. It’s a bratty and petty move and it saddens me greatly.”
Persson later revealed on Twitter that the “ball i’m taking home” was a free version of Minecraft for the Oculus Rift.
@therealcliffyb also, the “ball i’m taking home” was a potential free version of Minecraft designed to promote VR.
— Markus Persson (@notch) March 27, 2014