Doom Creator John Carmack Officially Leaves id Software

John Carmack, the programmer responsible for Doom, Quake, and more, has left id Software completely.

“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.”

-Foxtrot3660d ago (Edited 3660d ago )

Woah...never saw that coming

I'm guessing he didn't finish Doom 4 though before he left <sigh>

badboy7763660d ago

Whatever You Do John. Don't Join Micro$oft!

majiebeast3660d ago

Probably gonna be working full time at Occulus Rift.

morganfell3660d ago

"I'm guessing he didn't finish Doom 4..."

Carmack didn't really work on Doom 4. It isn't what he did. He had not worked directly on games in a decade. Instead he designed the tech that was used in the game - the game engine and associated development tools.

Double_O_Revan3660d ago

My same reaction. Wow. Thanks for all the memories John. Can't wait to see whatever it is that is big/important enough for him to leave.

Sarcasm3660d ago

Really? He already made his intentions clear that he's going to focus on the Oculus Rift, some NASA projects, and other things. Doesn't look he's into game development as much anymore.

ATiElite3659d ago (Edited 3659d ago )

Yes the King is DEAD! I'm so tired of hearing about Carmack!

Granted Carmack is a Legend and needs to be in the Gaming HOF but he hasn't done anything relevant since Quake Doom Wolfenstein and that was back in the early 90's.

Oculus Rift is the best VR headset EVER so far but Carmack is not the inventor of VR as many Vr headsets have come and gone except NOW we have the proper technology to really push the hardware.

Good luck to Carmack and Good riddens as his off-beat quotes and stupid statements of late have really annoyed the gaming industry.

Also Valve is making a VR headset so Oculus Rift although very good will fall victim to Valves creation.

So to Carmack I say go buy a nice tropical island and stick your head in the sand because your Gaming days are DOOMED!

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Neonridr3660d ago

LOL, is anyone left now at id who helped start the company??

Soldierone3660d ago

Yay, Doom 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 are all on their way now! Along with Quake through 13!

We might even see Rage 2, 3, and 4!

lol as you can see, I'm more afraid of the publishers at this point. He was the only one really holding them back from releasing titles, which is good and bad. Bad because it takes FOREVER to see a game, but good because we don't see yearly milk.....

MadLad3660d ago

At the same time, we saw Doom 3 and Rage . . . are they really games we should be cheering from the rooftops about?
That was the last decade of ID.

I call into question the relevancy of the studio at this point.

Soldierone3660d ago

Doom 3 was good for its time. Sure it isn't great and didn't have lasting appeal like it should have, but for its time it was awesome. It also spawned the new Quake which got over looked, but did everything better.

Rage on the other hand felt like it was just Carmack and the studio too bored to try anything.

Baka-akaB3660d ago (Edited 3660d ago )

Really ? yay to a Doom or quake without a carmack engine or involvement ? Nope . I've already seen what happened to ID software properties handled by other studios and folks , and it was very average .

At least ID could still recover under the right creator on Carmack tech , but now ?

Id is irrelevant now when it comes to games , and it just cements that imo when they loose their tech god .

Soldierone3660d ago

The new Wolfenstein looks friggin awesome though, and the last one wasn't horrible. Like you said it was average, but Carmack was so uninterested in core games at this point it wouldn't make a difference.

Perhaps without him, someone new will step up and put ID back on the map.

Redgehammer3660d ago

It's amazing what becoming reenergized creatively can do to a person.

BABY-JEDI3660d ago

Thi guy is so going to push Occulus Rift into our eye balls. This may sound bad, but it's really a goods thing.
; )

mydyingparadiselost3660d ago

Push the Occulus Rift into our eyeballs? Is that part of the next design revision...?

Pintheshadows3660d ago

Yeah, it will be like the eyePhone in Futurama.

pandehz3660d ago

Does it come with painkillers?