This is something that was expected to happen sooner ot later after it was announced that John Carmack is taking the CTO position at Oculus VR. Originally Carmack was supposed to continue working at id Software on his ongoing projects, but apparently things are not going as he would wanted them to, so instead he decided to focus his attention on the Oculus Rift development and leave id Software.
John Carmack shared this on Tweeter:
“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.”
The news that Carmack has left id Software was also confirmed by the Studio Director Tim Willits who said that Carmack has left the company entirely.
“John Carmack, who has become interested in focusing on things other than game development at id, has resigned from the studio,” Willits said. “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.”
John Carmack is passionate about VR and the Oculus Rift and he is practically the person that “sold” the idea to the people even before actually being an official part of the Oculus VR team, so he is definetly the right man for the job to make the product even better. So the fact that he is going to focus more on his work at Oculus VR is something that should make everyone interested in the Rift more than happy. Not to mention that this is a clear sign that Carmack sees the good future that lies in front of VR and Oculus Rift, so now we just have to wait for 2014 and the consumer version of Oculus Rift to come out on the market after being impressed with the development kits already.