Minecraft 2D and Notch Steps Down
As some people are aware Notch enters a competition 3 times a year which most other developers around the world also enter known as Ludum Dare competition.
Ludum Dare Competition is a competition that happens 3 times per year and allows developers of all types and talents to make an as complete game as possible from scratch within 48 hours.
Once the developers have submitted their games they then get to vote on everyone else’s submissions, and a few weeks later the winners are announced.
From the 16th-19th December Notch entered with Minecraft 2D you can play here
In other news Notch has now stepped down as Lead Developer for Minecraft in order to focus more on other projects like Cobalt and Scrolls(he will still help out with Minecraft), Jebs is now the new Lead Developer for Minecraft and will have the last say when it comes down to all the decisions, and with this promotion Jebs will be working on localization to allow non-english speaking players to play and enjoy the game along with working on creating a mod API so that users can obtain mods easily.
A quote from Jebs:
Until January I will be the only developer on Minecraft, so things will have to be slow initially. But my absolute main priority now is to create a mod API, because there is no way in hell I will be able to add as much content as the whole internet can do. The game needs an API, so end users can obtain the mods without hassle. I’m not going to do it all by myself though. We have a new programmer beginning in January, and we are talking to existing mod API teams, such as Bukkit, Minecraft Forge, and Minecraft Coder Pack.