Oculus VR surprised everyone back at the Oculus Connect 2 developer conference last month when it revealed that videogame phenomenon Minecraft would be heading to both the Oculus Rift and Gear VR virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs). Company founder Palmer Luckey took to the stage of the main keynote to make the announcement and, hours later, CTO John Carmack provided an in-depth explanation of exactly how the deal had been made possible. In fact, following the event, Carmack has been working with both Microsoft and developer Mojang on the VR versions of the title.
The legendary developer revealed as much on Twitter this week. “Post-Connect I have been busy working with [Minecraft Pocket Edition developer Tommaso Checchi] and the Microsoft/Mojang team on Minecraft for Oculus,” he wrote. “Coming along great!” When asked if this meant it would be some time before VR fans would get access to Carmack’s VR Script he replied: “Yeah, this took priority. That is second!”
Minecraft has a long history with Oculus VR, spanning back to the days when Mojang itself was still an indie developer. Series creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson famously scrapped plans for a VR edition of the original title when Oculus VR revealed that it was to be purchased by Facebook for $2 billion USD. Of course, Mojang itself was since purchased by Microsoft for $2.5 billion, with Persson leaving the company. Carmack was able to connect with Mojang through Persson following this and make Minecraft VR a reality.
The Oculus Rift edition will of the title will be arriving in spring 2016, though a date for the Gear VR version is yet to be announced. VRFocus will continue to follow Minecraft VR closely, reporting back with the latest updates on the title’s progress.