Parent company of Bethesda, Zenimax has just announced that they have accuried the developer of Quake and Doom, id Software. id figureheads John Carmack and Todd Hollenshead will stay on in their roles as Technical Director and CEO of the developer.
Zenimax CEO Robert Altman said on the takeover that they “consider id Software to be among the finest game studios in the world, with extraordinary design, artistic and technical capabilities.”
We, along with many others, consider id Software to be among the finest game studios in the world, with extraordinary design, artistic and technical capabilities. They have demonstrated, repeatedly, that rare ability to create franchise properties that are critical and commercial successes. Our intention is to make sure id Software will continue to do what they do best – make AAA games. Our role will be to provide publisher support through Bethesda Softworks and give id Software the resources it needs to grow and expand
Hollenshead said on the deal that it was “a unique opportunity to team with a smart, sophisticated publisher like Bethesda.”
This was a unique opportunity to team with a smart, sophisticated publisher like Bethesda Softworks where the interests of the studio and the publisher will be fully aligned in the development and marketing of our titles. In addition, we will now have financial and business resources to support the future growth of id Software, a huge advantage which will result in more and even better games for our fans
And as for Carmack, he stated that the deal put id in a “wonderful position”.
This puts id Software in a wonderful position going forward. We will now be able to grow and extend all of our franchises under one roof, leveraging our capabilities across multiple teams while enabling forward looking research to be done in the service of all of them. We will be bigger and stronger, as we recruit the best talent to help us build the landmark games of the future. As trite as it may be for me to say that I am extremely pleased and excited about this deal, I am.
The PR confirms that the development for any games in production will not be affected by the takeover, along with any publishing deals. Which means Rage will still be published by EA.
Press release is after the jump.
Read more »