Notch steps down as Minecraft lead developer

Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson has stepped down as lead developer on the indie dig 'em up yesterday, replaced by Mojang cohort Jens Bergensten. "He will have the final say in all design decisions, so he will kinda sorta become my boss, I guess," Mojang founder Persson joked. "I've promised him to not pull rank."

"We've been working together on Minecraft for a year now, and I'm amazed at how much in synch we two are when it comes to how to design the game," Persson said of Bergensten. "And when we don't agree, we discuss it and something much better comes out at a result. He's truly a great person to work with, and I feel very confident handing over the leadership of Minecraft to him."

Though Minecraft officially launched, at long last, at MineCon in November, work still continues on improving and expanding it. Then there's the Xbox 360 edition to finish, too.

"Personally, I will now rest for a while, then get back to work refreshed and eager," Persson said. "I'll be helping out with Minecraft, of course, but also starting work on some new project."

Mojang Specifications has its finger in many pies. As well as developing Scrolls and publishing Oxeye's Cobalt, secret things are afoot. Persson has known to be working on a mysterious new project for some time now, mentioning in September that he was prototyping.