Sit down for this news: ZeniMax Media, the company that owns Bethesda Softworks, has purchased id Software. That means that the people who made Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein are teaming up with the people who made Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, to create what will perhaps be the greatest game company of all time.
Bethesda will publish id Software titles, other than upcoming releases previously committed to other publishers. id Software will continue to operate as a studio under its founder John Carmack. According to ZeniMax, no changes will be made in the operations of id Software in the development of its games, also, the principals at id are all sticking around.
In a statement, Robert Altman, the founder, Chairman & CEO of ZeniMax Media said, “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.”
As for what's in the works: id is developing PC, Mac, PS3 and 360 first-person shooter Rage, slated for release in 2010, although it looks like that game will still be published by Electronic Arts.
TheFeed team will be in contact with our connections at ZeniMax to get you updates soon.