John Carmack leaves id Software

After being hired by Oculus VR to work on their virtual reality headset – the Oculus Rift -, John Carmack has decided to definitely leave id Software, after 20 years spent to create some of the most advanced 3D engines for the company he created in 1990. From the original creators of Wolf3D, only Kevin Cloud still works for id.

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.

Carmack also reacted on his twitter account: “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.” He also added: “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. 🙂

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