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.
Today, John Carmack, one of the co-founders of Id Software, officially left the company. While him leaving is not affecting any of the project Id is currently working on, it’s still sad to see that last of the original Id team no longer being part of the studio.
John Carmack joined Oculus as the CTO earlier this year, but it was immediately stated that he was not leaving Id as a result and would work side-by-side on both companies. However, it seems that it turned out too stressful for even a man of his calibre.
John Carmack is one of my favourite people in the not just the game industry, but the computer industry as a whole. I basically owe my love for platformers, puzzle gaming and shooters to his work and I’ve listened to every keynote and watched every interview with the man that I’ve been able to find.
There’s no doubt in my mind that this is the man that made me love games as much as I do and I’m not sure how the industry will play out without him. I’m looking forward to his work at Oculus, but naturally it won’t be the same as him being in charge of a game development studio. It’s sad, but I wish him the best in his future endeavours.
And to Id, please don’t screw up Doom 4 or any future sequels to the work Carmack has done, please, I beg you. Don’t get me wrong, I trust you, but I’m still cautious and paranoid.