It seems that Microsoft is in the process of removing references to Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson in the sandbox game. As reported by Eurogamer, the messages “Made by Notch!" and "The Work of Notch!" no longer appear in the game's main menu following the latest Java edition update. Instead, the yellow splash text is now being used to display random messages related to the game.
4J Studios, the developer behind some console editions of Minecraft announced earlier this month that a similar update was rolling out on consoles.
A small update for Minecraft: Console Editions will be rolling out over the next few days to make some changes to splash text.
— 4J Studios (@4JStudios) March 19, 2019
For those unfamiliar, Notch sold Minecraft to Microsoft back in 2014 for $2.5 billion, and the game creator is still featured in the game’s credits as of today. Microsoft or Minecraft developer Mojang have yet to comment about their decision to remove the Notch references in the sandbox game, but the decision could well have something to do with the controversial tweets that the game creator recently published.
Minecraft remains one of the most popular family-friendly games on the market as of today, and it’s about to join Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service in April. Perhaps it was the right time for Minecraft to finally distance itself from its original creator.