id Software studio director Tim Willits surprised a lot of people last month by announcing that he was leaving the company after 24 years of hard work on titles like Doom 3 and Rage, but he didn’t take much of a break – he’s now confirmed his new role as chief creative officer at Saber Interactive.
Willits apparently started work at the World War Z dev at the start of August.
I am excited to announce that on August 1st I became the Chief Creative Officer of Saber Interactive. I will be leading the creative vision of our five studios around the world. pic.twitter.com/rsJ1OsgHkX
— Tim Willits (@TimWillits) August 12, 2019
Willits has also decided to share his reasons for moving to Saber with Fortune.
“Being with a studio for 24 years, it’s really hard to leave,” he said. “It’s almost like a marriage, for lack of a better description…. (But) I saw how Saber, as a team, was starting to grow and expand and pick up teams and studios. It was a good time to move over.”
He later added “At my age, you’ve got to work with people you like. You’ve got to work on fun stuff. I don’t have anything to prove. I’ve been successful. I’ve made good games… At the end of the day, I’m literally going to travel around the world to cool as places to work with awesome teams and make video games.”
Founded back in 2001, Saber is currently in the midst of opening up its future slate, as it’ll hopefully be done with Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered and the Switch port of The Witcher 3: Complete Edition by the end of this year. No doubt Willits will have a lot of input on what 2020 will bring.
Wireframe #19 is out now