id Software co-founder John Carmack leaves studio
posted on 11.22.13 at 03:37 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Studio co-founder interested in "things other than game development at id."

Doom co-creator and id Software co-founder John Carmack has left id Software, studio parent Bethesda Softworks confirmed.

“John Carmack, who has become interested in focusing on things other than game development at id, has resigned from the studio,” id 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 is also chief technoloy officer at Oculus VR.

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  • bloodiOS

    Gotta focus on dat Oculus Rift. Hmm, I just lost interest in Doom 4

  • BigDix

    Even if I didn’t care much for Carmack — probably the least likeable of all the founders — it’s the end of an era. The original id is finally all gone. I’d still like to see Doom 4 turn out well, though.

  • captainhowdy

    Wow, that sucks. Carmack has done a lot for gaming, though he hasn’t made anything good in a while :- . I wish him all the best and gaming wouldn’t be the same without him.

  • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)

    Yessss!!!!!!!!!!! Thank God!!!!

  • Budgiecat

    Oh well whatever, never cared for his games anyway…

    • Xaltmas

      Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein?

      • Budgiecat

        ok maybe

  • Bruno

    This comes after Bethesda killed a couple of high profile ID Software projects, including an open world Doom 4 game that never saw the light of day. For people who follow ID closely, this news was expected. I hope he does great things in the future. Carmack is truly a programming genius.

  • Xaltmas

    id is on it’s last legs. If they can’t get their shit together for Doom 4, they are done.

  • gekitsu

    carmack was at the helm of the technologies that made the best and most influential shooter games.

    that said, these types of games dont get made anymore. shooters these days dont require the things that made the quake engines really stand out from everything else anymore.

  • hush404

    I feel sorry for id, Carmack is an extremely smart man and I’m positive will do great things in other fields. I’m not as optimistic about the id dev team without him. The tech/engines he made were always way more impressive than the modern games id has crafted. (I say modern, because their classics can’t be beat).

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Not sure what id will do since Carmack is gone. Will they be acquired by another 3rd party in the Future, who knows?

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    This can be compared to when Hironobu Sakaguchi left Squaresoft prior to the merger that would later be known as Square-Enix.