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Palmer Luckey Responds to Minecraft Creator’s Oculus Exit

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey has responded to recent news that Minecraft creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson has cancelled a project for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset. The developer made the drastic move based on the recent sale of the company to Facebook. Somewhat fittingly, Luckey issued his statement on Facebook itself, replying to a topic on the story and downplaying the progress that had been made on a possible official Minecraft VR experience.

PalmerLuckey_1“He had the Rift for a year and had not even tried the Minecraft mod (which is really good), much less done any exploration work,” Luckey stated. “I think Notch is a super cool guy, but it is really easy to “cancel” a project that was never started as an out.”

The announcement of Oculus VR’s sale to Facebook happnened earlier this week. Shortly afterwards, Persson revealed that he had cancelled the Minecraft port to Oculus Rift that had apparently been in discussion for the past few weeks. His reaction was one that echoed much of the fan response to the deal. Luckey’s post refers to the Minecraft mod named Minecrift, which is free to download. VRFocus will continue to follow the developments surrounding Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR and report back with all the news.