After turning a risky indie project into a worldwide sensation, Markus "Notch" Persson has stepped down as Minecraft's lead developer. Jens Bergensten is now the man in charge, while Persson plans to take some thoroughly-deserved time off after a truly hectic few months.
We've got Notch's farewell message after the break, though never fear: he'll still be involved with Minecraft development and plans to embark on a "new project" after getting some rest.
Writing on his blog, Persson officially handed the reins over to fellow Minecraft developer Jens Bergensten, who has been heavily involved with the indie mega-hit for over a year.
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.
However, once refreshed and revitalised, Notch will be returning to work and starting development on a new title.
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.
Merry Christmas, Notch.