Facebook acquired the Oculus Rift for 2 billion dollars. While some developers have expressed their excitement over the purchase, not everyone is happy with the development. Minecraft creator Markus Persson revealed on March 25 that there were talks to develop a version of the popular sandbox game on the Oculus Rift but the port has now been cancelled due to Persson’s personal feelings towards Facebook.
We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.
Persson, better known to fans as Notch, later elaborated on his aversion to Facebook in a post from his personal blog on Tuesday where he revealed that the Oculus version of Minecraft was going to be offered for free because the system wouldn’t have been able to run the game in a manner that the developer felt would justify charging users to experience. As for his thoughts on the social networking site itself, Persson listed his beliefs on the company with the following statement.
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. People have made games for Facebook platforms before, and while it worked great for a while, they were stuck in a very unfortunate position when Facebook eventually changed the platform to better fit the social experience they were trying to build.
Fans will instead have to settle with the currently available versions of Minecraft that exist now on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and mobile platforms. Gamers will also soon have even more options for what system to play Minecraft on considering that 4J Studios, who are responsible for all console ports of the game, are also working on editions of Minecraft to launch on Xbox One, PS4, and PS Vita.
This is an upsetting blow to Facebook’s Oculus Rift as Minecraft is one of the most popular gaming series around, making fans out of people who don’t even consider themselves gamers. For those upset over the cancelled deal to bring Minecraft to the Oculus Rift, the possibility still exists that the game may eventually release on Sony’s Morpheus.