Ex-id Software director Tim Willits joins Saber Interactive

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


id Software's Tim Willits has joined Saber Interactive, according to an exclusive report by Fortune.

Previously, id Software's Tim Willits announced he would be leaving the company that created Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein. At the time, however, he hadn't said where it was he would be going. Now that the cat's out of the bag, it looks like he's finally landed at his new gaming "forever home," at least for the time being. 

“Being with a studio for 24 years, it’s really hard to leave,” said Willits of his move. “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.”

Willits will be the new Chief Creative Officer (CCO) at Saber Interactive, which is known for World War Z and NBA Playgrounds. He'll be working to expand the company's player base and helping the studio's 400+ employees figure out new IPs in the car future. But why Saber? Willits was impressed with their work on Quake Champions years ago.

“The agility of small teams and the opportunity to get stuff done quickly can’t be overstated,” says Willits. “I’m not saying anything bad about Bethesda—I love them—but smaller teams are exciting and fun. When someone has a good idea, we jump on it. If it doesn’t work out, we change it quick.”

The company is beginning to look for new teams and studios to invest in, while remaining true to its original ideas and philosophy. Mostly, Willits is just interested in trying something new, as he finds it "exciting." He had to make a move that ended up being difficult, though, to make it happen. While he says leaving id Software was indeed hard, he had to ultimately keep in mind what was best for him and what he would end up enjoying more.

“At my age, you’ve got to work with people you like,” he says. “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 ass places to work with awesome teams and make video games. Why would I pass this up?”

It will certainly be interesting to see what Tim comes up with in his new role, that's for sure. 

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    August 12, 2019 12:55 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Ex-id Software director Tim Willits joins Saber Interactive

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      August 12, 2019 2:44 PM

      This is a very short article.

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      August 12, 2019 2:57 PM

      That’s not at all where I would have guessed he would have landed.

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        August 12, 2019 3:00 PM

        It's unexpected, but not surprising. The Saber guys are some of the most talented people I've ever worked with. I'm still kind of disappointed I didn't take an AP job with them when it was offered to me, but on the other hand I was able to have a normal life and not have to deal with the insanity of crunch time, so it's probably for the best.

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      August 12, 2019 3:02 PM

      Saber Interactive is Witcher 3, right?

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        August 12, 2019 3:17 PM

        just the switch port. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saber_Interactive

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          August 12, 2019 5:45 PM

          Ooh, I remember Saber from the pathetic NBA Playgrounds port for Switch. Long load times, muddy textures, shitty framerate. IIRC it was the first multiplatform title on Switch, and its shittiness was an indicator of things to come. First game on Switch I deleted.

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        August 12, 2019 3:52 PM

        CDProject is Witcher 3.

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        August 12, 2019 4:42 PM

        Quake Champions

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      August 12, 2019 3:10 PM


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      August 12, 2019 3:58 PM

      So he joined the guys who provided the other half of the Quake Champions engine?

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      August 12, 2019 4:29 PM

      huh, thought that Willits would end up in Avalanche.
      Is id still a drama filled environment?
      Just the other day I watched an old 2012 interview with Jennell Jaquays which gave the impression she was glad to have left that company, there's supposedly a lot of animosity towards ex-id exployees.

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      August 12, 2019 5:40 PM

      This is insanity. After the cluster of QC...really, Tim?!

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      August 13, 2019 5:10 AM

      Saber Interactive seems to be a port house.

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      August 13, 2019 5:15 AM

      they must be working on something he wants in on.

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      August 13, 2019 5:52 AM

      I really like their tech, but their games have always been so-so. Timeshift, Will Rock, and Inversion had some awesome things about them (I LOVED the ending to Inversion in particular) but the games never really excelled overall.

      Hopefully that changes in the future

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      August 13, 2019 6:07 AM

      a marriage in mediocracy.

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