As of December first, Notch is no longer the lead developer for Mojang’s Minecraft. After much deliberation, he announced that Jens Bergensten will take over the development of the game from here on out. Bergensten has worked for Mojang for over a year now and proved himself worthy for the new role.
On his blog, Notch stated, “…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.”
Although Minecraft has just “officially released,” development for the game continues and more updates are certain. One main area of interest for the team is an enhanced AI for the NPCs. Notch has hired an AI programmer to work on Minecraft as well as future projects.
As for Notch, he has earned a well need break from the development. “Personally, I will now rest for a while, then get back to work refreshed and eager.” Notch said. “I’ll be helping out with Minecraft, of course, but also starting work on some new project.”
Minecraft is available for purchase now at minecraft.net.