John Carmack Joins Oculus VR (Updated)
The legendary game developer and co-founder of id Software, John Carmack has joined the Oculus VR as their new chief technology officer. While some news outlets have posted about his departure from Id Software, Bethesda has clarified that Carmack will not actually leave Id. Carmack will work in a new Oculus VR studio, which will open soon in Dallas and the company is hiring more people to work there. Considering his interest in VR and Oculus Rift in particular, Carmack's latest move seems quite reasonable. He stated his thoughts on the matter in the announcement:
"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!"
Oculus VR seems to be constantly assembling the best VR specialists from other companies. At this rate, the future seems extremely bright for Oculus Rift.
Update: John Carmack has just tweeted his about his time distribution. He will spend most of his work time at Oculus, less at id Software, and least of all – on Armadillo Airspace.