Notch Steps Down as Lead Developer of Minecraft

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Posted by patrickklepek (4595 posts) -
Booted up Minecraft 1.0 for a few minutes, and still don't get it. Back to looking at YouTube.

With the first Minecon in the books and Minecraft 1.0 out the door, Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson and his company, Mojang, are beginning to look towards the future.

Part of that future involves Persson thinking about what’s the Next Big Thing, and apparently that means handing over the reigns of Minecraft to designer Jens Bergensten.

“We’ve been working together on Minecraft for a year now, and I’m amazed at how much in synch we two are when it comes to how to design the game,” said Persson. “And when we don’t agree, we discuss it and something much better comes out at a result.”

Persson made it sound like he’s about to take a much-needed vacation, with intentions to return to Mojang with his eyes on “some new project.”

In addition to continued development of Minecraft, Mojang is also working on Scrolls, which involves card collecting and board game elements. Scrolls has been the subject of a lawsuit involving the name with Zenimax Media (the parent company of Bethesda Softworks) over The Elder Scrolls franchise.

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (4595 posts) -
Booted up Minecraft 1.0 for a few minutes, and still don't get it. Back to looking at YouTube.

With the first Minecon in the books and Minecraft 1.0 out the door, Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson and his company, Mojang, are beginning to look towards the future.

Part of that future involves Persson thinking about what’s the Next Big Thing, and apparently that means handing over the reigns of Minecraft to designer Jens Bergensten.

“We’ve been working together on Minecraft for a year now, and I’m amazed at how much in synch we two are when it comes to how to design the game,” said Persson. “And when we don’t agree, we discuss it and something much better comes out at a result.”

Persson made it sound like he’s about to take a much-needed vacation, with intentions to return to Mojang with his eyes on “some new project.”

In addition to continued development of Minecraft, Mojang is also working on Scrolls, which involves card collecting and board game elements. Scrolls has been the subject of a lawsuit involving the name with Zenimax Media (the parent company of Bethesda Softworks) over The Elder Scrolls franchise.

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#2 Edited by I_smell (3924 posts) -

I think it's pretty OK for him to quit a few weeks after the game is finished.

#3 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

@I_smell said:

go quest go

Damn you.

#4 Posted by AndrewB (7613 posts) -

I was under the impression that the next big thing *was* Scrolls. Huh. So is Scrolls really just meant to troll Bethesda?

That question was a joke.

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#5 Posted by G24S (281 posts) -
#6 Posted by Humanity (9234 posts) -

I wonder what this mystery project is. I thought he needed all this time off from putting out tiny incremental updates to Minecraft so that he could work on Scrolls which is, just, just an awesome idea. Cards, and a boardgame..

#7 Posted by jakob187 (21670 posts) -

That's kind of a shocking bit of news to hear. I can't imagine that this was an easy decision for him to make. It will easily be in good hands with Bergensten at the helm, but still...

#8 Posted by tekmojo (2302 posts) -

Well he has worked on the game for a long time, probably got tired of looking at the same textures over and over. Game is done and well.

#9 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6197 posts) -

He is gonna take a break and use it for bitches and swag.

#10 Posted by Rongaryen (275 posts) -

Finally, he can get to what he loves best...Cocaine and Hookers.

#11 Posted by heat (190 posts) -

This is great, now Minecraft will actually have a competent person in charge.

#12 Posted by Branthog (5562 posts) -

I don't blame him. I bought the game long before it even left Alpha, played it for a few hours, realized all the really cool stuff wasn't done in-game, but with an editor, and moved on. Since then, I've become exhausted of hearing about minecraft, minecraft, minecraft, minecrat, minecraft, minecraft, minecraft. I can only imagine he's tired of it ten-fold.
 
Looking forward to whatever he does next and he sure as hell deserves a nice long break, about now.

#13 Posted by Village_Guy (2577 posts) -

Not surprising at all, he haven't really done much on Minecraft other than coding for a while now, and he has stated months ago that when Minecraft 1.0 was out he would shift his focus onto his other projects.

#14 Posted by 49th (2756 posts) -

I feel like that's a mistake. I don't think many people give 2 shits about Scrolls and with 4 million or so Minecraft users it makes more sense to start putting out updates. Is Jens the only person working on Minecraft now?

#15 Posted by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

Jeb's been working on the game with Notch forever and giving him development control was the best thing that could've happened. At least now there'll be regular updates to fix bugs and add new features.

#16 Posted by Wes899 (2114 posts) -

Does that means the game is going to be updated now?

#17 Posted by FreakAche (2953 posts) -

I think his next game should be called "Tomorrow's Winds".

#18 Posted by GUTBOMB (66 posts) -

Once in while people reach a stage of burnout, and handing the reins over to someone else can bring a new enthusiasm and perspective to a project. He has accomplished something in the industry that is fairly rare, and is taking a break, that sounds like a perfectly reasonable move.

Creative people typically enjoy being constantly challenged, not becoming stagnated or tied to one thing.

#19 Posted by HAL9000 (73 posts) -

@49th: Trust me if you've followed Minecraft development, you'll know this is a good thing. Notch is easily distracted and Jens has always been the guy that seems to be keeping the game on track over the last year and reaching out to modders to try and incorporate features and things. He also tends to listen to the community and fix bugs.

#20 Posted by Sinful (211 posts) -

so he made his money and left to go spend it. nothing else to see here.

#21 Posted by Brendan (7807 posts) -

@Sinful said:

so he made his money and left to go spend it. nothing else to see here.

Maybe I'm reading into your comment incorrectly, but he didn't exactly just "leave". He's taking a vacation and continuing to lead the company, he'll just be working on their next game.

#22 Posted by GozerTC (457 posts) -

@HAL9000 said:

@49th: Trust me if you've followed Minecraft development, you'll know this is a good thing. Notch is easily distracted and Jens has always been the guy that seems to be keeping the game on track over the last year and reaching out to modders to try and incorporate features and things. He also tends to listen to the community and fix bugs.

Agreed. This is a good thing. Let the dreamer dream and create new fun. :)

#23 Posted by avidwriter (667 posts) -

Develop game. Make Millions. Leave it behind like a dead baby after it's given you all that money. Yep. Sounds about right.

#24 Posted by Hector (3364 posts) -

@G24S said:

This sums up the article nicely! lol

#25 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Aw, and after Valve game him a TF2 hat and everything.

It'll be interesting to see which direction Minecraft development takes now. Markus always seemed to be an "idea man" but Jens seemed like the guy who actually fixed bugs and optimized and junk.

Notch: "LOL Look guys! I added wolves and shit!"

Jens: [unavailable for comment as he's one with the Matrix]

#26 Posted by Chtasm (450 posts) -

He's taken a friggin' vacation for just about every single title update.

#27 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

Get ready for Minecraft 2: Hexagon

#28 Posted by Pop (2633 posts) -

That's cool, I actually thought Jens was the lead for a while but this makes it official :D.

#29 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

You guys saying he's quit after making his money are retarded.

#30 Posted by fentonalpha (819 posts) -

He should make a game where randomly generated blog posts appear by a game developer and you have to troll them as fast as possible.

#31 Posted by Deusx (1905 posts) -

Vacations? Vacations from WHAT?! 1.0 is not much different from Vanilla minecraft and Notch thinks he's worked enough? Damn, he really needs to get his shit together. Without Minecraft he is NOTHING.

#32 Edited by ThePilgrums (428 posts) -

@heat said:

This is great, now Minecraft will actually have a competent person in charge.

My sentiment exactly. Jeb is a better programmer, actually listens to the community/modders, and doesn't hide behind "B-BUT THIS DOESN'T MATCH MY VISION!!" when people want features he doesn't like. This is great news for Minecraft fans.

And I don't know where people got the idea the version 1.0 coming out means no more updates. In fact, they've explicitly said the opposite. As long as Minecraft is popular, it will get updates and new features.

#33 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

I'm pretty sure vactioning is part of Notch's job description.

#34 Posted by Thor_Molecules (732 posts) -

I always felt Notch has been fairly incompetent as the head of Mojang since it's inception, and he's a complete PR disaster with a unwarranted rockstar syndrome, and embarrassing childish mannerisms. Can't really blame him though, suddenly falling ass-first into millions and millions of dollars does weird things to your game-development priorities.

He made a totally awesome game, that I spent hundreds of hours with, but I have little to no love for Notch left.

Take all the vacations you need, my friend. I think Mojang will be better for it.

#35 Posted by NekuCTR (1663 posts) -

Notch clearly didn't have the either the interest or the aptitude, to make what was essentially a flash game into a full retail product, I'm honestly sad this didn't happen before release, because any sane lead developer would have pushed Minecraft back considering it's not even fucking done. Several systems like leveling do nothing, and multiplexer is still an abomination.

Notch, you made a great concept and we all thank you for it, but it would have been better for everyone if you had just sold it off when it grew out of your control.

#36 Edited by familyphotoshoot (653 posts) -

A hard needed vacation, huh?

ful size picture here: http://i53.tinypic.com/r73yps.png

#37 Posted by Krakn3Dfx (2490 posts) -

So Minecraft II confirmed?

Stepping it up, this time there will be pyramids and spheres.

#38 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -
@Sinful said:

so he made his money and left to go spend it. nothing else to see here.

Yeah, that's the story if you're slow.
#39 Posted by SSully (4185 posts) -

I think its funny that he says he is going to take a break for awhile. Over the past year or so since I started following him on twitter he has taken about 3 or so vacations. I guess with the money he has and the way the game works it is ok to do, but still.

#40 Posted by Hitchenson (4682 posts) -

Another vacation.

#41 Posted by enemymouse (332 posts) -

@familyphotoshoot said:

A hard needed vacation, huh?

ful size picture here: http://i53.tinypic.com/r73yps.png

Who has spent their time more wisely, Notch or the creator of that chart?

#42 Posted by ABritishNerd (318 posts) -

@heat said:

This is great, now Minecraft will actually have a competent person in charge.

I'd say Markus has done a pretty stand up job founding an indie company and keeping his morals. What makes you doubt his competence?

#43 Posted by captain_clayman (3321 posts) -

so he's taking a vacation from taking a vacation?

i like this guy.

#44 Posted by TheGorilla (230 posts) -

lol, why do people seem to care so much about this?

#45 Posted by Jams (2961 posts) -

@TheGorilla said:

lol, why do people seem to care so much about this?

They don't, but it takes little to no effort to post their opinions. At first I was shocked that Notch was leaving, then I was thinking how it could be better if everyone else can do their job. Hopefully. As long as he don't force everyone to go on vacation every day.

#46 Posted by TheGorilla (230 posts) -

@Jams said:

@TheGorilla said:

lol, why do people seem to care so much about this?

They don't, but it takes little to no effort to post their opinions. At first I was shocked that Notch was leaving, then I was thinking how it could be better if everyone else can do their job. Hopefully. As long as he don't force everyone to go on vacation every day.

You're saying whoever made that chart doesn't care? Whoever did that is clearly balls out crazy.

#47 Posted by Tarsier (1064 posts) -

"still dont get it" what kind of ultra doofer do you need to be to not get mine craft. DUHHHHHHH

didnt jeff sent you my message..... i asked him too ....

#48 Posted by Jams (2961 posts) -

@TheGorilla said:

@Jams said:

@TheGorilla said:

lol, why do people seem to care so much about this?

They don't, but it takes little to no effort to post their opinions. At first I was shocked that Notch was leaving, then I was thinking how it could be better if everyone else can do their job. Hopefully. As long as he don't force everyone to go on vacation every day.

You're saying whoever made that chart doesn't care? Whoever did that is clearly balls out crazy.

a lot of autistic people play minecraft.

#49 Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN (1789 posts) -

Minecraft money!

#50 Posted by adam24 (18 posts) -
@HAL9000 best username ever!!!!!!!!!!

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