It has been announced that Doom developers Id Software have been bought by Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax.
In the case that you have been living in a cave, you should know that Id Software was one of the most influential videogame development companies in the history of videogames. They were the first company to bring us the original first person shooter titles, starting with Wolfenstein 3D and Doom, and look where that went.
They are also very well known for their incredibly popular series, Quake, and are now busy with a next-generation Racing-FPS called Rage. So, how is the publishing going to work from here, considering that they have Rage and Wolfenstein already in the works?
Even though they have been sold to ZeniMax, Rage will still be published by EA, and the new Wolfenstein will be published by Activision, with any sequels then being published by ZeniMax in future.
It seems that the reason for the sale comes from Id Software’s need to find a publisher that has similar philosophies, also stating that with rising budgets, many larger publishers aren’t too keen on the idea of pumping money into IP’s (Intellectual Properties) that they did not own themselves.
Kotaku have even more information about why Id was sold, so check it out by hitting the link below.
Last Updated: June 25, 2009