Markus “Notch” Persson announced over on his blog today that he will be stepping down as the lead developer of Minecraft so that Persson can start on a “new project”.
“As of yesterday, Jens Bergensten is the new lead developer on Minecraft,” he wrote on his blog. “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. ;)”
Notch notes that he has been working with Bergensten on Minecraft for about a year now, and he’s confident Bergensten has the experience to take over the reigns of Minecraft.
“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 said. “He’s truly a great person to work with, and I feel very confident handing over the leadership of Minecraft to him.”
Before Persson gets started on his new project, he says he’s going to take some time to rest.
“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.”