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Tim Willits Joins Saber Interactive as Chief Creative Officer

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Tim Willits Joins Saber Interactive as Chief Creative Officer

 

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“Being with a studio for 24 years, it’s really hard to leave,” Willits tells Fortune. “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.”

 

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Saber’s looking to keep that design philosophy, but it’s not planning to stay stagnant. Willits says the company is actively looking for new teams and studios in which to invest.

 

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“It comes down to the attention to precise detail,” he says. “In a Quake or Doom game, everything has to be perfect—every microsecond. The games I’ve made in the past, they’re not the easiest games to play, but I’ve learned a lot on how to bring people in. And I do think there’s a lot of crossover. Even in World War Z, a lot of the mechanics are similar, but I do really believe I can bring some of that intensity and action into new genres.”

 

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“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 as places to work with awesome teams and make video games. Why would I pass this up?”

 

 

Interesting that he's moving to Saber... I've never thought of them as even being competent developers to be honest.

 

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Best of luck to him. I hope he managed to secure the rights to GSTONE before he left.

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Sad that it took me two years to realize Saber did Quake Champions.

 

Oof.. I just realized they also did Will Rock.

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Huh, interesting. I always thought he had a silent loathing for that studio because of how unstable QC is. Maybe he could get the rights to QC too but I don't really see that happening.

 

And before people make fun of Tim, he was a big part of pretty much all the Quake games, especially 3. Just saying because his achievements are often overlooked.

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