A new update for Minecraft has removed references to the game’s creator Marcus “Notch” Persson from the game’s splash screen.
When launching Minecraft, one of many preset messages are randomly shown in yellow text over the main menu. Among them are three that reference Persson: “Made by Notch!”, “The Work of Notch!” and “110313!”, the latter of which refers to the date of Persson’s wedding day. All three of these have been removed as part of snapshot 19w13a.
Persson himself has not been part of Minecraft’s development for a few years, having left Mojang along with fellow company co-founders Carl Manneh and Jakob Porsér in 2014. The developer would then go on to be fully bought out by Microsoft in 2015 at a cost of $2.5 billion.
Since leaving Minecraft behind, Persson has been the subject of various controvosies on Twitter. It should be noted though that there’s been no comment from Microsoft or Mojang to suggest that this is the reason behind removing mentions of Notch from the splash screen.
Persson remains listed in the game’s credits as the creator of Minecraft.
Currently the snapshot only applies to the Java versions of the game, such as the PC version, but a tweet from 4J Studios suggests that other versions will be updated with the same omissions.
— 4J Studios (@4JStudios) March 19, 2019
Expect to see changes to Xbox and PlayStation versions soon.
Matt Purslow is IGN UK’s News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter.
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