At Gamescom 2016, DOOM studio id Software was recognized by the Guinness World Records for smashing three records: longest-running FPS developer, longest-running FPS series (Wolfenstein), and longest-running eSports tournament (QuakeCon).
id’s Director, Tim Willits, said that the recognition was an honor and that he’s humbled by id’s legacy and the impact it’s had on the games industry. When asked about being recognized as the longest-running FPS developer, Willits said:
Working on first-person shooters for 24 years has been very exciting but also challenging. Our secret to success is focusing on the core components of each franchise first, ensuring they are great, and then building upon them with new and modern features and designs. Luckily for us, first-person shooters are just fun and will never go out of style. If we can continue to build upon what makes first-person shooters great, we can continue to be successful well into the future.
As for Wolfenstein, Willits says that the series has a special place in his heart for its over-the-top action and its theme of defeating Nazis, which he believes is something “everyone can understand and enjoy playing” whether it’s set in the 1940s or an alternate history line.