It almost feels as though Markus 'Notch' Persson and Minecraft are inextricable from one another, but now it appears as though we're going to have to separate the two, as Notch has stepped down from his Lead Developer duties on Minecraft, handing the keys over to Jens Bergensten who will be taking over his role.
"[It's a] scary move," said Notch, talking to Gamasutra, "but I feel strangely confident,I guess we've worked close enough for long enough for me to feel confident about it."
"He's exactly what Minecraft needs right now. He's a bit more mod friendly than I am, and we need to embrace mods more."
Notch is apparently working on "something new", and hopes to show more once he can find a prototype that "looks fun", but for new kid Bergensten the priority on Minecraft is making the game more mod friendly.
"The game needs an API, so end users can obtain the mods without hassle," said Bergensten. "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."