John Carmack has left id Software

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End of an era indeed. John Carmack, high-profile programmer, aeronautics engineer, technology guru, and VR goggle champion has officially resigned from id Software. You may remember Carmack as the guy that first put an anonymous space marine on Mars and Hell, launched a million LAN parties, and said things that only a few other people on the planet could understand. Studio director Tim Willits assured fans that id will carry on without Carmack’s presence.

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.

In August, John Carmack took a position as CTO of Oculus, but id’s publisher and owner Bethesda had said that he would continue to work at id in some capacity.