Prolific and iconic video game development studio id Software will soon lose its studio director. Tim Willits announced his plans to resign from the company via a Twitter announcement made on 18 July 2019. Willits said that he will resign after this year’s iteration of the studio’s annual gaming convention QuakeCon which will take place between 25 July and 28 July 2019 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Centre in Texas, USA.
“After 24 years, I’ve decided to leave id Software after QuakeCon. I’ve been extremely lucky to work with the best people in the industry on truly amazing games. QuakeCon has been an unbelievable part of my journey and I look forward to seeing everyone at the Gaylord Texan,” Willits announced on Twitter.
Willits joined the ZeniMax Media-owned video game development studio in 1995 after graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Computer Science and Business. Willits was also a member of the university’s Army ROTC program. He would work on games like Quake, Quake II and Quake III Arena. Willits worked as the lead designer for Doom 3 in 2004 and would go on to serve as creative director on the first Rage. Willits became the studio head in 2012. The sequel to Rage, Rage 2, was announced during Bethesda Softworks’ 2018 E3 presentation. The game was made in partnership with Avalanche Studios. Willits took to the stage to reveal the game with Magnus Nedfors, Game Director at Avalanche Studios. Willits would go on press tours and interviews in support of Rage 2 leading up to its release on 14 May 2019.
Willits assured gamers on Twitter that his departure will not affect any games currently in production at id Software. “All of the games currently in development are in very good hands, my departure will not affect any planned releases. id Software is packed full of amazing talent that will continue to develop (long into the future) some of the best shooters in the world.” Willits also teased his future career plans. “After QuakeCon, I will announce my future plans, where I am going, and what new exciting things I am doing. Stay tuned,” Willits added. id Software is currently working on Doom Eternal, a sequel to the reboot of the iconic first-person shooter series Doom. currently set for release on 22 November 2019.
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