John Carmack, one of the co-founders of id Software (Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein), has decided to part ways with the company in order to further commit himself to projects outside of game development. Given his position as Chief Technology Officer at Oculus VR , many are assuming he’s moving on to aid in the advancement of the Oculus Rift.
“John Carmack, who has become interested in focusing on things other than game development at id, has resigned from the studio,” said id studio director Tim Willits when speaking with 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.”
Despite Carmack’s work at id being stated as “complete,” this is undoubtedly a substantial loss for the company. It was only several months ago that former id Software President Todd Hollenshead resigned from the company as well. Carmack is regarded as a visionary in the industry, helping to craft the foundation of the first person shooter genre. So basically he’s one of the folks we can thank for games like Bioshock, Call Of Duty, and/or Fallout being possible. Let’s all wish Sir Carmack the best of luck in his future endeavors.