id “unaffected” by Carmack Oculus move – Bethesda

Wednesday, 7th August 2013 15:17 GMT By Dave Cook

John Carmack has joined Oculus VR as chief technology officer. The company is known for its popular Rift brand of VR headsets.

UPDATE: Bethesda has just sent us an email to clarify Carmack’s position. A statement reads, “John has long been interested in the work at Oculus VR and wishes to spend time on that project. The technical leadership he provides for games in development at id Software is unaffected.”

He has not left id Software. He is holding both roles and sounds like he’s about to get incredibly busy:

More as we have it.

ORIGINAL STORY: A statement from the company confirmed that Carmack is now Oculus VR’s new chief technology officer, and reads, “John is one of the brightest minds of our generation – pioneer, visionary, and industry legend. There are very few people in the world that can contribute to the Oculus Rift and the future of virtual reality like John can.”

Oculus is opening a new studio in Dallas that Carmack will head up, and it is currently seeking new talent.

In a statement, id Software co-founder Carmack said, “I have fond memories of the development work that led to a lot of great things in modern gaming – the intensity of the first person experience, LAN and internet play, game mods, and so on. Duct taping a strap and hot gluing sensors onto Palmer’s early prototype Rift and writing the code to drive it ranks right up there.

“Now is a special time. I believe that VR will have a huge impact in the coming years, but everyone working today is a pioneer. The paradigms that everyone will take for granted in the future are being figured out today; probably by people reading this message.

“It’s certainly not there yet. There is a lot more work to do, and there are problems we don’t even know about that will need to be solved, but I am eager to work on them. It’s going to be awesome.”

Carmack has expressed a great deal of public interest in Oculus Rift since he announced it would be compatible with Doom 3: BFG Edition last year. Last August we reported that Doom 4 will also use the device.

id Software was founded by John Carmack, John Romero, Tom Hall, and Adrian Carmack. It is best known for its work on Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake, as well as recent shooter Rage.

As discussed in the superb book on id’s history ‘Masters of Doom’ – seriously, read it – it was always Carmack’s desire to make the Holodek concept from Star Trek a reality through games. In Oculus Rift, he’ll get one step closer to that dream.

At the time of writing id Software is working on Doom 4, but the company can’t talk about it right now.



  1. Pytox

    wow :O

    #1 12 months ago
  2. Dragon246


    #2 12 months ago
  3. someguy2

    gg id

    #3 12 months ago
  4. The_Red

    Holy mother of god. Never saw this one. I guess, id is now DOOMed!

    #4 12 months ago
  5. Erthazus

    Holy Shit Bro.

    Just after QuakeCon.

    Madness and a complete failure for Bethesda.

    #5 12 months ago
  6. Max Payne

    I guess he RAGE quit.

    #6 12 months ago
  7. sebastien rivas

    iD is far from being doomed.

    If anything it may even help get fresh”er” ideas and new game developmenent.

    #7 12 months ago
  8. DSB

    If he was the one responsible for RAGE, I think this might be a good thing for id.

    #8 12 months ago
  9. Tavarish

    This is big blow for ID and Bethesda when moving forward with new tech and/or engines. There is reason why Carmack is considered to be one of the Gods of Coding.

    Same time this is really huge for Oculus when moving forward with theirs VR stuff.

    Edit: People should understand that Carmack next to never does game design, he basically just creates engines for said games. Tech wise RAGE was brilliant work, design wise not so much.

    #9 12 months ago
  10. Erthabutt

    @5 I know brozus. Good news for all this morning.

    #10 12 months ago
  11. Len

    Just brilliant brilliant news. Can not wait for this, biggest thing in gaming now by a country mile. :)

    #11 12 months ago
  12. Ali

    RIP id.

    I expect Beth would either turn em to an engine provider or shut it down based on how Mikami’s game and the new Wolfenstein game run.

    #12 12 months ago
  13. NeoSquall


    Anyway, is he stepping up to the position left vacant after Andrew Scott Reisse died of car accident?

    #13 12 months ago
  14. Dave Cook

    This is amazing news. Carmack’s a genius tech guy, if anyone can help make VR something worth shouting about then it’s him.

    I love the prospect of VR, it’s the next big step for gaming, even if stuck-in-their-ways naysayers can’t see it yet.

    Kudos John.

    #14 12 months ago
  15. Gheritt White




    #15 12 months ago
  16. monkeygourmet

    Looks like it’s perfect timing to get into PC gaming! :D

    #16 12 months ago
  17. FuntimeBen

    He hasn’t left ID, confirmed by Polygon.

    #17 12 months ago
  18. OlderGamer

    Dave +1

    Will be interesting to watch what happens.

    #18 12 months ago
  19. Dave Cook

    Story updated. See above.

    Disclaimer before my head is ripped off: Things change in the fast-paced world of news on a dime. We can’t help it if one reputable source tell us one thing and someone else says an other to change that message. All we can do is act fast to react, which we did.

    Anyways, Carmack is now working at both id Software and Oculus VR.

    #19 12 months ago
  20. TheBlackHole

    “Carmack is now working at both id Software and Oculus VR.”

    ‘Ca…ching!’ $$$

    #20 12 months ago
  21. Lengendaryboss


    #21 12 months ago
  22. Max Payne


    #22 12 months ago
  23. Dave Cook

    @21 & 22 –

    #23 12 months ago
  24. Lengendaryboss

    @Max And Dave
    :) :D LOL :P

    #24 12 months ago
  25. Max Payne

    @23 Now you have crossed the line.

    #25 12 months ago
  26. DSB

    C’mon now

    #26 12 months ago
  27. deathm00n

    #27 12 months ago
  28. TheBlackHole

    Love it :) Good work 21, 22, 23, 24 and 26.

    #28 12 months ago
  29. sebastien rivas

    @ 21-22-23-24-26

    You guys just cracked me up. Thanks, I needed that!

    #29 12 months ago
  30. deathm00n

    No one noticed my link? Ok, going to lay down in my bed and cry a little. See you later.

    #30 12 months ago
  31. MrWaffles

    With Carmacks’s
    head on the project software cycles should speed up. He’s got a brain made for solving problems and finding the best solutions.

    NOW I’m excited about Oculus.


    #31 12 months ago
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    #32 12 months ago
  33. frostquake

    Considering the few people who have played the Oculus at length, one gaming journalist played for 5 hours straight, just stopping to take a drink, and bathroom breaks, has said, anyone playing at length gets super sick at their stomach, massive headaches bordering on migraines, throwing up, extreme eye pain. This thing is a long way from the market in its current shape. I had the same problems with the Nintendo VR. Played it for hours and barfed up my stomach when done, and had a 3 day migraine bender. Until they can fix the issue of up closeup game barfing, this thing will fail, fail, fail!

    Stay Frosty!

    #33 12 months ago

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