Oh captain, my captain. John Carmack, founder of id Software and savior to us all, has resigned his already limited role at id. Carmack, who became CTO of VR headset tech company Oculus earlier this year, has planned to remain with id in a technical advisory capacity, but unfortunately the situation didn't work out as planned. Carmack admits dividing his attentions was challenging.
Here's the full statement issued by id Software in regards to Carmack's departure:
"John Carmack, who has become interested in focusing on things other than game development at id, has resigned from the studio. 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."
While the text of the statement makes it clear that Carmack voluntarily resigned from his position at id, the more we read into this new piece the more it sounds like it was id's decision rather than Carmack. Carmack of course acquiesced with id's decision, but it sounds like Carmack would have preferred to remain on the team at least in a small capacity.
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.— John Carmack (@ID_AA_Carmack) November 22, 2013
The golden side of this rain cloud is that John Carmack can now dedicate his full attention to the Oculus Rift and other projects at Oculus. The man has ideas in his head and the sooner those things become a reality for consumers to pick up, the better.
Our best wishes to both John Carmack and id Software! Hopefully this is a big step towards a brighter future for both parties.