Bethesda Softworks Owner ZeniMax Buys id Software

ZeniMax Media, Inc. - owner of Bethesda Softworks, which has published Fallout 3, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivon, and other titles – has announced its acquisition of id Software, which is well-known for its DOOM, Quake, and Wolfenstein franchises. id said it will continue to operate under the direction of co-founder John Carmack, and no changes are expected to its slate of upcoming games, which includes the post-apocalyptic title Rage.

Rage was on display during Apple's 2007 Worldwide Developers Conference, when Mr. Carmack demoed the upcoming title during CEO Steve Jobs' keynote. id has always supported the Mac, bringing its most recent titles to the platform through Aspyr Media. The company has also released Wolfenstein 3D Classic for the iPhone, with a port of DOOM currently in the works.

Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software, said in a press release: "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."

Mr. Carmack added: "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."