Last month, id Software’s Studio Director, Tim Willits, announced he would be leaving the company after 24 years of service following this year’s Quake Con. Now, Willits has revealed what his next career path will be. In a post on Twitter, Willits announced that, as of August 1, he has become the Chief Creative Officer at Saber Interactive.
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
In an interview with Fortune, Willits discussed leaving id Software and the move to the World War Z developer. Willits said leaving his former employer was a really hard decision after such a long time stating it was “almost like a marriage.” However, he would continue by stating, “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.”
According to the Fortune interview, Willits will oversee and shape the creative vision across all five of Saber Interactive’s studios across the globe. He will also be in charge of helping the studios create and develop new IPs. Willits also discussed how he enjoys working with a smaller team when compared to bigger ones like when he was working for id and Bethesda. “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,” Willits stated.
Saber Interactive’s latest game, World War Z, found great success upon release by selling 2 million copies in its first month. The studio has released multiple major updates to the game as well as introducing a player v player v zombies mode.