John Carmack Officially Leaves id Software
John Carmack, the programmer who created such classics as Quake and Doom, has officially left id Software completely. After starting to work on other projects, mainly the virtual reality kit Oculus Rift, Carmack’s role at the company has since been diminishing.
“John Carmack, who has become interested in focusing on things other than game development at id, has resigned from the studio,” id’s studio director Tim Willits told IGN.
“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.”
Oculus recently revealed it was close to solving the motion sickness problem with its Rift device, which will achieve 4K resolution sooner than expected. Earlier this year, id president Todd Hollenshead departed id as well.
Hopefully this means good things for Oculus, with Carmack available to spend more time with the highly anticipated VR tech maybe we’ll see a consumer date emerge, but the future of id and its largely popular and highly innovative IPs Doom, Quake, and the more recent and less successful Rage. Rumours of a Doom 4 may now be dead and perhaps a Rage 2 will have to wait. We’ll just have to wait and see what id does next.
Courtesy of IGN.