John Carmack, creator of Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein and much more, has resigned from id Software. Carmack is know the CTO of Occulus VR, which produces the Occulus Rift virtual reality headset.
Tim Willits, studio director at id Software released the following statement on the matter. “John Carmack, who has become interested in focusing on things other than game development at id, has resigned from the studio. John’s work on id Tech 5 and the technology for the current development work at id is complete, and his departure will not affect any current projects. We are fortunate to have a brilliant group of programmers at id who worked with John and will carry on id’s tradition of making great games with cutting-edge technology. As colleagues of John for many years, we wish him well.”
Carmack went on to issue a statement on twitter, saying “I wanted to remain a technical adviser for Id, but it just didn’t work out. Probably for the best, as the divided focus was challenging.” He went on to say that if they didn’t want him to speak at Quakecon next year, that they would have to fill up the lobby.
id Software was purhcased by Bethesda in 2009, and has been relatively quiet. id Software has released few games recently, with Doom 3 BFG and Rage being there only major releases in the past two years. Doom 4 is apparently fully in development, but is being retooled as it did not meet internal expectations.
We wish Mr. Carmack all the best with his work at Occulus Rift, and hope id Software continues to create great games, even without John.
by, Bobby Marquardt