John Carmack Confirms id Software Closed Mobile Side to Focus on DOOM 4Category: Gaming
Posted: August 6, 2012 02:15AM
QuakeCon has wrapped up its festivities, but there was some good information to come from it. The big one was the subdued PC release of Dawnguard for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and now another piece of news has appeared. During his keynote speech that covered a little bit of everything, John Carmack confirmed id Software closed down the mobile part of its business in order to better focus on DOOM IV. Carmack said shuttering the mobile side was tough because he loves that kind of work, but went on to say the move was necessary in order to bring some of those developers on to DOOM IV. The engineering mastermind hopes to return to mobile development at a later date, however the main focus right now is AAA titles, like the aforementioned title. Id Software does have an iOS game that is finished, however Carmack would not say its name.
Carmack would not comment on a release date for the horror sequel other than to say it "will be done when it's done." He did hope to get DOOM on a more consistent release schedule instead of once a decade, which would be nice to see. Still, at least work is progressing on DOOM IV, even if there is radio silence on just how far along it is and when we can expect to fear the dark.
If you are interested, John Carmack's entire keynote speech is below. It does go a little over three and a half hours, plus Carmack was feeling under the weather, but it is an impressive speech that everyone should listen to at some point.