Matt Hooper, ex-creative director at id Software, has joined his former colleague John Carmack at virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR, assuming the title of director of development at the company's Dallas, Tex. office, according to an update to his LinkedIn profile spotted by GameFront. Oculus confirmed the hire in a statement to Polygon.
Hooper left id Software in February, according to his LinkedIn profile, and joined Oculus VR in August. He was an 11-year veteran of id Software, serving as designer on Doom 3, executive producer of the expansion Resurrection of Evil and design director of Rage.
Following a leak of purported screenshots of Doom 4 in 2012, Hooper responded publicly to questions about their authenticity, saying on Twitter, "Those images have nothing to do with what you're gonna see in Doom 4. When we officially show things you'll see awesome."
Oculus VR announced on Wednesday it had appointed Carmack as its chief technical officer. Carmack later tweeted that his time would be spread across his roles at Oculus VR, id Software and Armadillo Aerospace, in that order of priority.
"John has long been interested in the work at Oculus VR and wishes to spend time on that project," Bethesda's vice president of PR and marketing Pete Hines said of the move. "The technical leadership he provides for games in development at id Software is unaffected."
Reached for comment, a representative for Oculus said, "We are thrilled to have Matt Hooper join the Oculus VR team as our Director of Development. Hooper will be working out of the Dallas, TX office. He's a top talent who had been out of id for a few months and ended up being a great fit for the Oculus team. We're looking for more all-stars!"
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