Minecraft creator Markus Persson has stepped down as head of the cult game. In a statement on his blog, Persson has said: “I’ll be helping out with Minecraft, of course, but also starting work on some new project.” What could that be?
After spending years in a highly successful beta stage, Minecraft is now live in full on PC. An alpha release has just landed on iOS and Android, and Persson, otherwise known as ‘Notch’, obviously thinks it’s time for something new. He’s handed control to lead developer Jens Bergensten.
“He will have the final say in all design decisions,” the blog reads. “He’s truly a great person to work with, and I feel very confident handing over the leadership of Minecraft to him.”
So what’s this secret project? It’s anyone’s guess. What we do know is that Persson is planning to “rest for a while, then get back to work.” He maintains that he’ll still help out on the game that’s made him famous, but that the new game will be his main focus.
Given Minecraft’s immense success, we expect the budget to be much larger for whatever he has up his sleeve. Persson’s a member of Mensa, so we doubt he’s out of ideas.