UPDATE: Bethesda have issued a statement stating that Carmack will still be offering support for the projects underway at id: “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.”
John Carmack, the technical wizard behind id Tech, has announced that he will be taking up the "full-time" position of Chief Technical Officer at Oculus, the makers of the phenomenal Rift.
Let's make no bones about it, this is John Carmack's dream job, really. Anyone who's been paying attention to what JC has been preaching over the past couple of years will know that virtual reality is absolutely his bag, baby.
“The dream of VR has been simmering in the background for decades, but now, the people and technologies are finally aligning to allow it to reach the potential we imagined.” said Carmack, one of the founders of id Software. “I’m extremely excited to make a mark in what I truly believe will be a transformative technology.”
“To build the best virtual reality experience, we’re putting together a team of the brightest minds, and John Carmack is at the top of the list. It’s a true honor,” added Brendan Iribe, cofounder and CEO of Oculus. “A pioneer of 2D, 3D, and now VR, John continues to define the future of computer graphics and gaming. We share John’s commitment to providing the world with open platforms that inspire innovation and creation.”
Needless to say, Oculus founder and Rift creator Palmer Luckey is pretty damn pleased about the situation too.
“I am thrilled to work with John on building the Metaverse,” said Luckey. “John’s early experiments with the Rift put Oculus on the map and helped create an amazing amount of momentum around virtual reality. His technical genius and passion for solving hard problems makes him the ideal CTO.”
We won't lie, we'd already had something of an underpants crisis over the Rift as it is, but now this? As Luckey notes, Carmack was one of the first people Oculus approached for impressions of the Rift. Now he'll be able to shape its exciting legacy directly.