Virtual reality edition was to try push forward the technology; canned after Facebook buyout.
Minecraft’s independent-minded creator, Markus “Notch” Presson, has revealed that his planned Oculus Rift edition of the game would have been free, but now the project has been mothballed since Facebook bought the virtual reality company.
This week’s surprise development, when Facebook announced it had bought the pioneering virtual reality company Oculus Rift for $2bn, seemingly left a sour taste in Notch’s mouth, who promptly announced he severing all ties with company and its “creepy” new owner.
When faced with criticism for being a “pouty kid” from fellow developers for this move, which involved canning the Minecraft adaptation, Notch revealed his plans that the title may have originally been free.
“Damn straight I am," he announced over his Twitter feed, adding: “Also, the 'ball I'm taking home' was a potential free version of Minecraft designed to promote VR.”
Notch had been one of the initial investors in Oculus Rift since the origin of its Kickstarter campaign, helping to launch the product into the public eye.
Since the announcement of Facebook’s purchase of the technology company, the Minecraft mater has expressed dismay, wishing both parties well but insisting that it was no longer a company he could work with.