The deal brings together two of the most respected game studios, combining the first person shooter expertise of id Software with acclaimed role playing game developer Bethesda Game Studios.
“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,” said id CEO Todd Hollenshead. “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.”
id Software, established in 1991, will continue to operate as a studio under the direction of its founder, John Carmack.
“This puts id Software in a wonderful position going forward,” said Carmack, who will continue to serve in his current role as technical director. “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."
Robert Altman, the founder and CEO of ZeniMax Media, added: “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.”
Id's upcoming FPS-cum-racer, Rage, will continue to be published by EA Partners. Bethesda Softworks will publish the titles of id Software other than upcoming releases previously committed to other publishers.