As many will know, social network giant Facebook announced plans to acquire Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) creator Oculus VR in March 2014. At the time the deal was met with something of a negative reaction from many VR enthusiasts, which wasn’t helped when Minecraft creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson revealed that he had cancelled plans for a VR compatible version of his hit videogame in the wake of the announcement. Five months on and it seems as if Persson has come to terms with the deal.
“And about now I’m officially over being upset about Facebook buying Oculus,” Persson noted on his Twitter account late last week. “I’m upset about there being a hole in my favorite sock instead.”
In response, Oculus VR’s chief technology officer John Camrack surprisingly offered to port Minecraft to the Oculus Rift, stating: “say the word, ship the source, and i’ll make sure It runs well on you-know-what…” Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe was also tagged in the message, reinforcing the legitamacy of Carmack’s claim somewhat. Persson is yet to issue a public response to Carmack or Iribe, who also retweeted the developer’s original message.
Could this mean that an official Minecraft VR will happen after all? Nothing is confirmed right now, but this news certainly improves its chances.
Oculus VR is of course currently working with a range of other developers to produce content for the Oculus Rift. While it seeks to build up its own first-party teams, the company has a strong relationship with Playful Corp., which is developing Lucky’s Tale for the device as well as EVE: Valkyrie developer CCP Games. What else could the company have in store in the software department? VRFocus will continue to follow both Oculus VR and the Oculus Rift’s progress, reporting back with any further developments on either.