The Guy Behind ‘Doom’ and ‘Quake’ Now Working on Oculus Rift

John Carmack wearing an Oculus Rift headset

John Carmack / Photo credit: Oculus VR

One of the founders of id Software, the game developer responsible for the extremely popular Doom and Quake franchises, has joined the Oculus VR team.

John Carmack helped establish id Software more than 20 years ago. In the years since, he’s played an integral role in the development of many hugely popular video games, including a phenomenal collection of first-person shooters. Aside from Doom and Quake, id Software is also known for its work on the Wolfenstein franchise.

Carmack will now bring his remarkable programming skills to Oculus VR, which is currently working on the hotly anticipated Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset.

“My time division is now Oculus over Id over Armadillo,” Carmack recently tweeted. “It is a big change of pace to go from working on carefully engineered code for the long haul to PANICKY STARTUP CODING FOR THE NEXT DEMO.”

However, while Carmack’s focus might be on the Oculus Rift, id Software says he hasn’t abandoned his work on that company’s next major project: Doom 4.

In a recent statement, Bethesda (the company that bought id Software in 2009) had this to say:

“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.”

It’s unclear if Carmack’s move will result in Doom 4 making its way to the Oculus Rift. But let’s freakin’ hope that’s exactly what happens.

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