John Carmack is leaving the company he helped propel to greatness. Carmack, who helped create Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake is resigning from his position at id as technical director to focus more on the Oculus Rift.
Although Carmack stated he wanted to continue advising the company that he co-founded, he said that he and the company just could not come to an agreement.
id had been quiet from a game creation standpoint, whose only recent release is the remastered version of Doom 3. The company remains a frontrunner in technical design, with Carmack the lead programmer in their proprietary id Tech 5 engine.
Carmack is the second high profile member of id to recently leave the company. who recently lost CEO Todd Hollenshead. Carmack’s decision to work fulltime with Oculus VR is no surprise, especially considering his title as Chief Technical Officer.
Hands down one of the most brilliant minds in gaming, Carmack is leaving id at the prospect of the many challenges the Oculus Rift poses as a viable gaming medium. id may not recover from the loss of Carmack as they have steadily lost ground to competing engine programs (Epic Games’ Unreal Engine) for some time. The Bethesda owned development team might need a blockbuster hit to allow for themselves to continue making graphics engines.