Former id Software director joins World War Z studio.
Tim Willits

Just last month, Tim Willits announced that he was parting ways with id Software after the end of QuakeCon. Well, QuakeCon has come and gone, and sure enough Tim Willits departed the studio just as he said he would. It wasn't yet clear where he would end up. All we knew at the time is that he was going to stay active in the industry.

Today, the mystery was lifted as it was announced that Willits is joining Saber Interactive as their chief creative officer. Willits provided some insight into his move in an interview with Fortune.

"Being with a studio for 24 years, it’s really hard to leave. 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 has no ill-will towards id Software or ZeniMax. In fact, he only had positive things to say about his many years with them. However, he wanted to return to an environment that was much smaller and still growing. He says that "smaller teams are exciting and fun." He found that with Saber.

As the CCO at Saber, Willits will work to find new investment opportunities around the globe. For Saber, they've already found a fair bit of success with World War Z having sold almost 2 million copies in its first month. Saber Interactive is also working to release Ghostbusters: The VIdeo Game Remastered and the Switch port of The Witcher 3: Complete Edition this year.