John Carmack leaves id Software

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Industry legend and Doom creator John Carmack has packed his bags and resigned from id Software for good. Carmack was a co-founder of the studio behind Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein, but recently started sharing his time between id and VR company Oculus, where he had joined as Chief Technology Officer. Now Carmack has filed his official resignation and departed id Software permanently. 

Talking to IGN, id Software’s studio director Tim Willits said: “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.”

In a tweet from his personal account, Carmack stated “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.”

Carmack has long been the person to follow for PC leaps and bounds, and with him now solely focussed on Oculus Rift, you can be pretty sure something massive is going to come out of that small Kickstarter-funded company. With promises of reduced motion sickness and 4K resolutions, the Rift is truly one to watch, now more than ever.