Notch steps away from Minecraft development

Markus Persson (aka Notch), the creator of hit PC title Minecraft, has after four years stepped away from the game to focus on other projects.

Ongoing development of the IP will from this point on be handled by new Minecraft lead developer Jens Bergensten, who has been working on the game alongside Persson for one year.

He will have the final say in all design decisions, so he will kinda sorta become my boss, I guess. I’ve promised him to not pull rank,” Persson stated on his blog.

I’m amazed at how much in synch we two are when it comes to how to design the game. And when we don’t agree, we discuss it and something much better comes out at a result. He’s truly a great person to work with, and I feel very confident handing over the leadership of Minecraft to him.

Personally, I will now rest for a while, then get back to work refreshed and eager. I’ll be helping out with Minecraft, of course, but also starting work on some new project.”

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