Train2Game news: Minecraft’s Notch steps down, replaced by ‘mod friendly’ Jens Bergensten

Train2Game forum users have a special place for Minecraft, so many of them will be interested to hear that creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson is leaving his position as the games’ lead designer to rest and work on a new project.

Mojang developer Jens Bergensten will be taking over the position of Minecraft lead designer, Notch posted on his blog.

“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” wrote Notch, who has high praise of Bergensten, revealing a little about the game design process at Mojang.

“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” he said.

“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.”

Notch told Gamasutra that Bergensten will mean more modding opportunities for Minecraft.

“He’s exactly what Minecraft needs right now. He’s a bit more mod friendly than I am, and we need to embrace mods more.” he said.

So Notch will still be involved with Minecraft, which finally received its full release earlier this month. It’s been downloaded over 4 million times since it was made available in its Alpha stage of development. Not bad for a completely independent studio.

For more about Minecraft, see the Train2Game blog.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Notch stepping down as lead developer of Minecraft?

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