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  (Source: id Software)

Doom 4, which a supposedly leaked screenshot of (dating back to 2005) is shown here, will likely be the first id Software title published by ZeniMax Media, the company's new owner. Zenimax also owns Bethesda.  (Source: Gamespot)
John Carmack remains at the helm of the venerable company

When you mention id Software to gamers, they get quiet in reverence -- or really noisy, reliving old favorites like Quake and Doom.  Founded in 1991, perhaps no other company has achieved such a high profile in the computer gaming industry.

Today it was announced that the parent company of Bethesda, ZeniMax Media has purchased id Software.  ZeniMax has published such recent hits as The Elder Scroll IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3

The purchase has the blessing of John Carmack, who plans to continue as head of id Software.  Mr. Carmack, who likely owned a large portion of the company recently rewrote Doom and Wolfenstein's engine for the iPhone, completing in four days a task which his coworkers said would take several engineers at least two months.

A press release about the purchase reads, "id Software will continue to operate as a studio under the direction of its founder, John Carmack.  No changes will be made in the operations of id Software in the development of its games. All the principals at id Software have signed long-term employment contracts, assuring they will continue in their roles...at the studio."

John Carmack praised the move, lauding, "As trite as it may be for me to say that I am extremely pleased and excited about this deal, I am.  This puts id Software in a wonderful position going forward. 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."

He adds, "We're really getting kind of tired competing with our own publishers in terms of how our titles will be featured.  And we've really gotten more IPs than we've been able to take advantage of. And working with other companies hasn't been working out as spectacularly as it could."

The team at id Software will likely make a lot of money for ZeniMax Media, as they have many upcoming almost-surefire hits.  The company will soon release its post-apocalyptic Rage title and also Doom 4, both for the PC.  EA Partners already got the rights to publish Rage, but ZeniMax will likely get to publish Doom 4.

Other than Bethesda, ZeniMax only held a few other companies -- casual developer Vir2L and ZeniMax Online being among the notables.  Zenimax Online is reportedly working on a Elder Scrolls MMO game.




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