‘Minecraft’ Creator Abandons Oculus: ‘Facebook Creeps Me Out’
It seems that Facebooks recent acquisition of Oculus has already started to affect it in a negative manner. Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Perrson has commented that he’ll no longer continue to develop his face for the headset after Zuckerbergs’s purchase.”We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus,” he tweeted. “I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.” Persson went on his blog that, while social aspects can be used as one of the VR biggest uses, he doesn’t with to work with a social experience, but instead to work with games.
John Carmack himself has recently commented on the sale, saying “I am coding right now, just like I was last week.” Check after the the break for more of his statements on the matter.
For the record, I am coding right now, just like I was last week.I expect the FB deal will avoid several embarrassing scaling crisis for VR.
— John Carmack (@ID_AA_Carmack) March 26, 2014
One of the developers behind Rift’s more popular cache of games, and one that Oculus likes to boast about from time to time when there new hardware to show off, has done nothing but praise on this move.
“We’re very excited for our friends and colleagues at Oculus,” David Reid, CCP Games’ CMO told us. “We share their vision about the future of VR and gaming and are looking forward to participating in the consumer launch of the Oculus Rift with EVE: Valkyrie.”
“I think this is a smart move for Oculus,” Rami Ismail of Vlambeer told us. The developer behind such works as Ridiculous Fishing, and, there most recent release, Luftrausers, said that while Oculus is well known on the tech scene, it needs a backer with a household name now that Sony has entered the VR space. “Facebook is a huge established tech presence, has amazing engineers, hardware, software, public mind-share and lots of money,” he said. “I mean, I am not a big fan of exits as a business model at all, but in light of not really having a profitable business model, it makes total sense for them to exit.”
The general consensus among those in the community of the Rift have been pretty positive about the recent Facebook investment, and believe it will do the hardware some good. This will increase the interest of the tech towards more users and increase the awareness of games that use it. Dave Oshry CFO of Hot Blooded Game had recently visited the Oculus offices and had commented on the latest version of the technology, saying that the company’s future plans have made him extremely excited.
“No acquisition can change my mind about that,” he told us. “I’ve always encountered resistance from people who think VR tech ‘isn’t there yet’ or that it’s ‘just another fad.’ When you’ve seen what I’ve seen — you become a believer.”