Tim Willits to part ways with id Software after 24 years once QuakeCon 2019 concludes


Dustin Murphy and Tim Willits | Credits: David Murphy/Blast Away the Game Review

After years of getting to meet and talk with Tim Willits at QuakeCon, we’ve learned that he will be parting from id Software after July 28th, the concluding day of QuakeCon 2019.

Known for his charismatic personality, Tim Willits captivated the world for the past 24 years as id Software’s studio director. For the past five, we’ve gotten to know the man quite a bit listening to him speak about id Software’s upcoming projects from events such as QuakeCon, PAX South, and plenty more whether it was in person or through an online stream.

However, it seems that’s all coming to an end as Tim Willits has announced that QuakeCon 2019 will be his last endeavor as a part of the id Software family. His announcement was made through his official Twitter account.

After 24 years, I’ve decided to leave id Software after QuakeCon,” Willits explained. “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.

All of the games currently in development are in very good hands,” he continued on, giving us an idea of what the future looks like once he parts from the studio. “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.

But Willits, well, Willits isn’t quite done he explains, giving us an idea that there is more to come, just not at id Software, according to the 47 year old’s tweets: “After QuakeCon I will announce my future plans, where I am going, and what new exciting things I am doing. Stay tuned.

For 24 years, Willits rose through the ranks of id Software, starting out as a level designer before working his way up the latter. He became a natural presenter for the studio, often bringing life to presentations regarding upcoming titles from the studio, and even an optimistic voice behind well-known projects.

One of his most renowned pieces, outside of his stage presence and ability to bring a crowd into a roaring thunder of excitement, is his famous map from Quake 2 called “the Edge” or Q2DM1 for those a little more familiar with the series. Don’t be surprised if you see Willit’s map make its way into Quake Champions in the future. It’s well a well-deserved honor for the man.

Wherever he goes, we wish him the best of luck and a big thank you for all the wonderful memories he has provided us with over the years. From our team to him: Thank you, Tim, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next.

About the Writer(s):


Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the borders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on Twitter or Facebook.

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