Perhaps the writing was on the wall when id Software co-founder, John Carmack joined Oculus as a CTO but it’s hard to believe that he’s now officially no longer with the company he helped create and was a major figure at.
Late last week, id and Carmack both confirmed that he’s resigned his position from id and has moved to Oculus full-time. I can imagine that splitting your time between all these different projects just got to be too overwhelming and spread himself too thin. Thankfully, the split appears to be amicable for both sides.
A statement from current studio director, Tim Willits, also confirmed the news:
“John Carmack, who has become interested in focusing on things other than game development at id, has resigned from the studio,” reads a statement from Tim Willits, studio director at id Software. “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.”
It’s certainly an end of an era, that’s for sure.