Today, Microsoft released official support for Minecraft on the Oculus Rift VR headset, making good on a promise that was made 11 months ago. That official support, however, helped lead to the end of a popular mod that has been letting players experience Minecraft on the Rift for years now.
“Now that Microsoft/Mojang have released VR support for MCPE/Win10 Minecraft, they are exercising their rights over our unofficial mod (Minecrift),” mod co-creator mabrowning wrote on Reddit. “I received notice a few days ago that I can no longer use the name ‘Minecrift’ or the minecraft-vr.com domain. I’ve already shutdown the website, but anyone who wants to get a copy of the code should grab it from GitHub before that goes offline, too.”
Later in the thread, mabrowning clarified that Microsoft’s problem was merely with the name of the Minecrift project and the minecrift-vr.com domain that hosted it. To be fair to Microsoft, names like Minecrift and Minecraft-VR do seem to carry a high chance of being legitimately confused with the new official “Minecraft for Rift” product (it’s somewhat admirable that Microsoft didn’t take exception to the name before now, in fact).