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John Carmack Just Left id Software to Focus on Oculus VR

By - Source: Polygon | B 29 comments

John Carmack will focus entirely on Oculus VR.

We can’t help but say woah! WHAT?!?

Polygon received an official statement from Bethesda announcing that id software co-founder and technical director John Carmack has handed in his resignation. According to the statement, Carmack will now focus all his attention on the role of chief technical officer at Oculus VR, which he assumed back in August.

"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," Willits concludes.

Pete Hines, vice president of PR and marketing at Bethesda Softworks, added that Carmack has long been interested in the work at Oculus VR and wishes to spend time on that project. "The technical leadership he provides for games in development at id Software is unaffected," he added.

Carmack hasn’t said much on Twitter, only saying that he wanted to remain as a technical advisor for id Software, but it didn’t work out. The decision to leave entirely was probably for the best anyway, he said, as the divided focus was challenging. "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," he tweeted.

Carmack follows president and former CEO Todd Hollenshead who left id Software this summer after a 17 year tenure. Id Software, made famous by the shooters Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake, was founded by Carmack in 1991 along with John Romero, Tom Hall and Adrian Carmack. The studio’s latest game is DOOM 3 BFG Edition, which scored a 59 for the PC and a 67 for the console edition on Metacritic.

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    NightLight , November 22, 2013 1:12 PM
    myeah, probably the best for id, and for himself...
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    MagicPants , November 22, 2013 1:22 PM
    Well there goes my hope for an Elder Scrolls game with good tech... meh
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    magicandy , November 22, 2013 1:42 PM
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    Well there goes my hope for an Elder Scrolls game with good tech... meh


    Well they did just have id make them a new engine so ES will probably be using this: http://gaoom.com/2013/11/14/zenimax-parent-company-bethesda-filed-trademark-application-void-engine-powered-id-tech/
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    Platinum Era , November 22, 2013 1:46 PM
    For all the devs and higher ups leaving their respective studios to focus on the Oculus, the damn thing better be amazing. And i mean AMAZING.
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    Platinum Era , November 22, 2013 1:49 PM
    For all the devs and higher ups leaving their respective studios to focus on the Oculus, the damn thing better be amazing. And i mean AMAZING.
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    Parsian , November 22, 2013 1:57 PM
    that is good. They probably going to merge at one point.
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    jimmysmitty , November 22, 2013 2:18 PM
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    Well there goes my hope for an Elder Scrolls game with good tech... meh


    I don't know. RAGE was pretty bad at launch because the game required very specific OGL drivers and neither AMD nor NVidia had them. Was a fun work around though.

    I respect John Carmack but in recent years he seems to have lost interest in PC gaming.
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    sicom , November 22, 2013 3:11 PM
    I thought this happened months ago... I remember something about him moving into the Oculus Rift building full time.
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    coolitic , November 22, 2013 3:41 PM
    WAIT WHAT. The funny thing is lots of people love stuff by id software but no1 cares about oculus rift at all.
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    coolitic , November 22, 2013 3:42 PM
    WAIT WHAT. The funny thing is lots of people love stuff by id software but no1 cares about oculus rift at all.
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    badaxe2 , November 22, 2013 4:03 PM
    Probably for the better because he's always been better at designing tech than designing games. He'll be able to focus all his efforts on making a VR system that's actually worth the while.
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    Yuka , November 22, 2013 4:11 PM
    Good riddance to his call.

    This guy is a genius, so the world needs him at cutting edge research. We will all be benefited from his decision. I, for one, welcome his position.

    Cheers!
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    TyrannousCheese , November 22, 2013 6:08 PM
    Yo! Where is Doom 4?? I know it went back to the drawing board in August, but hurry up with it. I have a need to shoot a pinky in the face with a shotgun while being jumped by a hundred other demons.
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    Bloob , November 22, 2013 8:55 PM
    Maybe this will help getting Oculus Rift finally on consumers' hands. It seems like the best thing to happen to gaming since 3D, but that won't help if it never comes out.
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    tomfreak , November 22, 2013 9:28 PM
    who would wear an over weight spec? I wouldn't.
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    airborne11b , November 23, 2013 7:37 AM
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    For all the devs and higher ups leaving their respective studios to focus on the Oculus, the damn thing better be amazing. And i mean AMAZING.


    I just got my Oculus Rift dev kit in the mail a week ago, and let me tell ya, it is amazing.

    I had really high expectations when I ordered my development kit, but once I got it up and running it's capabilities exceeded my expectations by a lot.

    It's one of the best things that's ever happened to PC gaming, ever.

    John Carmack is one of the industry's greatest minds, especially when it comes to PC hardware and capabilities. It says a lot about the Oculus when someone of that caliber leaves the company he created to work on the rift.

    This is good news, for sure.
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    Nefos , November 23, 2013 7:40 AM
    I am not that kind, who would wait for a hardware/software/anything in the line at its release date.
    but I would stand for it.
    It seems really promising and amazing. I cannot wait for the consumer friendly version. any ETA about it?
    How much does the DK cost?
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    airborne11b , November 23, 2013 8:02 AM
    Quote:
    I am not that kind, who would wait for a hardware/software/anything in the line at its release date.
    but I would stand for it.
    It seems really promising and amazing. I cannot wait for the consumer friendly version. any ETA about it?
    How much does the DK cost?


    There is no consumer release ETA, but our best guesses place it somewhere in 2015. They want to give us developers a chance to create games specifically for the rift, and to get released games working with it before they throw it out to the consumer.

    There is nothing worst than throwing out a piece of hardware that has near zero software support. It would be a huge failure. So they're giving us time to work with it.

    The dev kit has a really low resolution and is $300. It's not advisable to purchase one unless you're actually planning on using the SDK to develop games for it.

    The consumer model will have plug in play support, a much better looking high resolution screen and by then will have a lot of games optimized to use it.
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    airborne11b , November 23, 2013 8:09 AM
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    who would wear an over weight spec? I wouldn't.


    What are you talking about? One of the best parts of the Oculus rift is how surprisingly light weight it is. You can wear it for hours and not even be bothered by it.

    Back in the day, VR headsets were really heavy because the screens were basically CRT tech. With the advent of ultra thin HD LCD screens, like the ones your smartphone uses, the weight is a non-factor any more.

    In fact, the first thing I noticed about the rift when I unpacked mine was how light weight it is. It barely weights more than a pair of ski-goggles.
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    Nefos , November 23, 2013 8:12 AM
    im getting more and more exciting, althogh 2015 is far away :/ 
    could you make us a small review/first impression as a consumer and developer please?
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