John Carmack leaves Id to focus on VR with Oculus

After over 22 years, id Software co-founder John Carmack has officially left the company.

In August, Oculus announced that Carmack had joined the company as its Chief Technology Officer, and subsequently there have been a number of tidbits of info released about his work on virtual reality for Oculus, both from Carmack and from Oculus. It has been clear that his primary focus has been on work for Oculus VR.

Carmack tweeted last night:

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.

This is very exciting news for Oculus VR and the VR community – John Carmack has gone all-in on VR and the Oculus Rift! The reaction from the more general gaming audience is much more mixed, with many seeing this as the end of id Software, placing current projects, notably Doom 4, in jeopardy. But id director Tim Willits assured IGN otherwise:

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.

John later tweeted jokingly:

If they don’t want me to talk on stage at Quakecon next year, we’ll just have to fill up the lobby like the old days. :-)


Photo credit QuakeCon

Categories: Oculus VR

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