Well, by now you’re all probably well aware that social media juggernaut Facebook just picked up Oculus VR for $2 billion. That’s weird… SO WEIRD! You can read about it here; much like Rick, I don’t really know how I feel about this.
One person knows exactly how he feels about it: Mr. Minecraft himself, Markus Persson, is not happy. In fact, his displeasure with the acquisition is so resolute that he just cancelled a deal that would have seen Minecraft playable on the Oculus Rift.
Shortly after the deal was announced, Persson took to Twitter to announce the cancellation of their deal. Sometime after that, he explained his decision via a lengthy post on his personal website Notch.net.
We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.
— Markus Persson (@notch) March 25, 2014
Speaking rather candidly, Notch said: “Facebook is not a game tech company. Facebook has a history of caring about building user numbers, and nothing but building user numbers.” He went on to point out how many games have been made for Facebook, and how those games were altered in order to accommodate Facebook’s inherent social aspects. While Notch believes VR would be very good for a social platform, he’s got no interest in VR for social.
“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.”
Obviously, Notch made reference to a number of VR competitors that have cropped up since the Oculus Rift gained so much attention; he hasn’t ruled out working with another company. It wouldn’t be surprising if Sony swoops in to the rescue and announces Minecraft for their PlayStation 4 Morpheus VR headset. It’s the kind of thing Champion-of-the-Gamers-Sony would do at the moment.