'It was a good time to move over, ' said Willits of his massive move.
Willits spent 24 years at id Software, and in an interview with Fortune, described his departure as the end of a marriage.More news: When does 'Dolemite Is My Name' come to Netflix?
The former id boss' new position at Saber Interactive sees him taking on another leading role as that of Chief Creative Officer. Willits will help shape and expand the creative vision for Saber's five studios around the world, whose recent achievements include the best-selling hit co-op shooter World War Z, the mega-popular NBA Playgrounds franchise, and the upcoming releases of Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Nintendo Switch. "It's nearly like a marriage, for lack of a better description...." He joins Saber Interactive as their Chief Creative Officer, working on titles such as World War Z, National Basketball Association 2K Playgrounds, and the upcoming Ghostbusters remaster.
Willits found Saber's impetus and small, focused team to be refreshing, saying "smaller teams are exciting and fun". Part of the opportunity with Saber Interactive's appeal was in returning to an indie studio environment.
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As for why he made the decision to leave id Software in the first place, he said that he's at a point in his career where he wants to "work on fun stuff". "If it doesn't work out, we change it quick".
Willits also says that Saber is now investigating other sports that they could explore within their Playgrounds series. I don't have anything to prove. "Why would I pass this up?"More news: Perisic poised to join Bayern, reveals Kovac