For the past 24 years, Tim Willits has played a major role in the evolution and success of longtime developer id Software. From working on some of the earliest DOOM titles to bringing the long-awaited Rage 2 to fans this past May, Willits has become the most notable person in the company outside of its co-founders. Come the end of July, however, Willits will be moving on to the next phase in his career.
Following QuakeCon, which runs from July 25th to July 27th, Tim Willits will be taking leave from id Software to pursue other projects. Willits has been a part of QuakeCon every year since its inception back in 1996, and he will announce his future plans after the convention, which will take place in Dallas, Texas.
Upon his arrival at id, Willits helped with the development of a number of DOOM titles before moving up to lead designer on DOOM 3 in 2004. He then took the helm as creative director on the original Rage, and he became studio head at id Software a year later, in 2012. Willits once again helped to bring Rage 2 to life, alongside Avalanche Studios, and he has been in charge of the upcoming reboot sequel Doom Eternal. According to Willits, none of id's current projects will be affected as a result of his departure:
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.
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. pic.twitter.com/shX5H441py— Tim Willits (@TimWillits) July 18, 2019
One IP that could be in question, however, is Rage. While Willits announced that there are plans for Rage 3 shortly after the release of Rage 2, the sequel received mixed reviews. As such, sales of Rage 2 will likely be the main factor that determines whether a third game will be developed in the future. It's also worth noting that when Rage first launched in 2011, it received mixed reception as well, so a third entry in the series is not outside of the realm of possibility. In the end, it's up to the game's publisher, Bethesda, to decide if Rage 3 will come to fruition.
While Willits leaving id Software may be seen as a big loss, the developer's future will surely be in good hands. ZeniMax Media acquired the company back in 2009, and it works alongside Bethesda Softworks on all titles. Additionally, Google's recent announcement of Stadia was complemented with the reveal of a number of developer partnerships, including one with id, suggesting that the company will continue to receive plenty of support for years to come.