Johan Bernhardsson leaves Pocket Edition development, working on new PC launcher for Mac

It's not clear exactly what transpired, but one of the oldest developers for Minecraft PE has left the project. Johan Bernhardsson posted on Twitter today:

https://twitter.com/jbernhardsson/status/615845209885143040

https://twitter.com/jbernhardsson/status/615863419540008962

It would have been nice for a little more of an explanation, but if he's still working at Mojang he wasn't fired or anything like that. But this is great news for Mac OS X users, who (hopefully) will soon be able to use the new PC launcher Windows users have been enjoying for some time now. The new launcher looks similar to the old one, but is better integrated with Windows (it's in the Start Menu and Add/Remove programs) and includes it's own copy of Java.

If any platform needed the new launcher the most - it's Mac OS X. Java on Mac is a mess, with both Apple's variant of Java 6 and Oracle's Java 8 being used by Mac users. In fact, we wrote a guide on how to use Minecraft on Mac with the newest version of Java.

Hopefully we get some more info in the near future about what transpired at Mojang.

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June 30, 2015 at 4:04 AM delete

Too bad :| he did a lot for MCPE

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July 1, 2015 at 12:52 AM delete

He's coming back, right? I mean, making a launcher shouldn't take the rest of his career.

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July 3, 2015 at 4:02 AM delete

I don't think he's coming back to the Pocket Edition team, he will probably stick with PC development.

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September 11, 2015 at 8:16 AM delete

[…] Bernhardsson has done a tremendous amount of work for Minecraft: Pocket Edition over the years, but back in June he announced he was leaving the Pocket Edition team. He then moved to work on the updated Minecraft […]

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