Ok, just chalk this up there with some of the coolest news I've heard all year. John Carmack, the man who brought us id Software, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake and was a leading pioneer in bringing 3D graphics to the mainstream has just joined Oculus as their new Chief Technology Officer.
Carmack is no stranger to the world of the Oculus Rift VR headset. He actually unveiled the first prototype to the world at E3 two years ago showing off a customised version of Doom 3. This added a ton of credibility to Oculus' Kickstarter campaign and was a key part of it's success story.
The following statement from Carmack has been posted on the official Oculus website:
“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!”
While rumors at first were suggesting that Carmack was leaving id Software for his new position, Bethesda was quick to debunk the rumor stating that it wouldn't affect his work at id.
The news comes just a month or so after Oculus announced that it has raised 16 million in funding from investors as it works towards releasing it's consumer virtual reality headset. If there's anyone that can help overcome the challenges ahead for Oculus, it's Carmack. This is a huge win for the Oculus team, and ulitmately it should be a huge win for gamers as well.
Check out the full story on the Oculus website here.