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Notch Steps Down As Head Of Minecraft: Working On New Project

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Posted December 2, 2011 - By Stephen Johnson


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Minecraft Will Be Getting Rain And Snow In Next Update

Sad news, Minecraft fans: The developer/guru/god of the game, Markus “Notch” Persson has stepped down as the head of the game, in order to rest "for a while" then start work on new projects. Jens Bergensten is now the new lead developer on Minecraft.

In a blog post earlier today, Notch wrote:

As of yesterday, Jens Bergensten is the new lead developer on Minecraft. 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. ;)

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. 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.

If you want to contact Jens, he’s on twitter as @jeb_, or you can email him at jeb@mojang.com

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.

It makes sense:  The game is technically "finished," and Notch owes the world nothing, but still, let's hope that Minecraft's coming updates keep the game as amazing as it always was under Notch's direction. Also: How cool is it that he'll be making something new.  Can lightning strike twice? Stay tuned to find out!

We'll obviously keep you updated with all Notch and Minecraft goings-on, so keep reading.

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