id Software announced today its acquisition by ZeniMax Media, the parent company of console and PC developerBethesda Softworks. The sale marks the merger of two legendary games studios, bringing together the maker of the revolutionary Doom and Wolfenstein titles in id with the creator of award-winning console franchises Oblivion and Fallout in Bethesda.
id Software will continue to operate as an independent studio under the ZeniMax Media umbrella with founder and technical director John Carmack at the helm, and all of id’s principals have been signed to long-term employment contracts, according to the release.
“This puts id Software in a wonderful position going forward,’ Carmack said in the release. ‘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.”
The release did not name any principals outside of Carmack, nor did it mention specifics regarding any personnel changes that may take place at the lower levels.
Company officials said the transaction will not affect the development of id’s mobile games, such as the recently announced Doom Resurrection, as ZeniMax Media already has a mobile arm in Vir2L Studios.
‘Nothing is changing for Mobile,” said id spokeswoman Wendy Zaas. “We will continue to honor our existing development commitments and will continue to invest in games for mobile platforms.’
“Our intention is to make sure id Software will continue to do what they do best–make AAA games,” ZeniMax Chairman and CEO Robert Altman said in the release. “Our role will be to provide publisher support through Bethesda Softworks and give id Software the resources it needs to grow and expand.’