Minecraft for Oculus canceled due to Facebook acquisition

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 26, 2014 9:25am PDT

Mojang was "in talks" about bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus Rift. However, yesterday's acquisition by Facebook has put an end to all of that.

"We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal," company head Notch said in a tweet. "Facebook creeps me out."

Elaborating further in a blog post, Notch detailed the issues the game would face when being ported to VR. "It doesn't really fit the platform, since it's very motion based, runs on Java... But perhaps it would be cool to do a slimmed down version of Minecraft for the Oculus."

Ultimately, the Facebook acquisition proved to be too distasteful for the Minecraft creator. "Facebook is not a game tech company. Facebook has a history of caring about building user numbers, and nothing but building user numbers," he said. Ultimately, Notch concludes that "VR is not bad for social. In fact, I think social could become one of the biggest applications of VR... but I don't want to work with social, I want to work with games."

It's unlikely that Mojang's disapproval of the Facebook deal will really prevent interested parties from playing Minecraft in VR. There are already mods that promise a VR experience for the block creation game.

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