Monday, 19 August, 2019

Former id Software boss joins World War Z studio

Former id boss Tim Willits is now the creative chief of World War Z dev Saber Interactive Former id Software studio head Tim Willits joins World War Z publisher as CCO
Emmett Howard | 13 August, 2019, 19:57

Willits, who joined Doom and Quake creator id Software back in 1995 after impressing the company with his home-made Doom levels, announced he was leaving the company in July this year.

'It was a good time to move over, ' said Willits of his massive move.

No doubt a very unusual move, the now ex-head of id Software Tim Willits has joined Sabre Interactive as its Chief Creative Officer. [But] I saw how Saber, as a team, was starting to grow and expand and pick up teams and studios. "It's nearly like a marriage, for lack of a better description...." Willits recently took to Twitter, revealing that since August 1st he's been working at World War Z developer, Saber Interactive.

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The agility of small teams and the opportunity to get stuff done quickly can't be overstated. Despite having more than 500 employees around the world, Saber Interactive remains an independent studio. While it had already released three-hit games (Commander Keen, Wolfenstein, and Doom), it had not been the juggernaut it is today. He also adds that "I'm excited to start working with such great teams!" In a brief tweet on his personal Twitter account, Willits said that whilst he's been "extremely lucky to work with the best people in the industry on truly wonderful games", he "decided to leave id Software after QuakeCon".

Willits also says that Saber is now investigating other sports that they could explore within their Playgrounds series.

Saber Interactive's most recent game would be World War Z, although the company has also created NBA Playgrounds and is now working with CD Projekt Red on bringing The Witcher 3 to the Nintendo Switch. "If it doesn't work out, we change it quick", Willits told Fortune. He will help these teams out with their creative vision, ensuring ideas can turn into prototypes and eventually be made into full-fledged games.

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