BethesdaBethesda is een grote ontwikkelaar met een paar aardige games, denk bijvoorbeeld maar eens aan de Fallout games. Maar ze zijn namelijk niet van plan om het hierbij te laten, want vandaag hebben ze via een officieel persbericht laten weten dat ze een andere ontwikkelaar hebben overgenomen.

Het gaat om niets minder dan de ontwikkelaar van Doom en Wolfenstein: id Software. Hiermee slaan de twee ontwikkelaars de handen ineen om nog meer en betere games te gaan ontwikkelen. Dit doordat er weinig gaat veranderen en er zullen geen ontslagen vallen.

Todd Hollenshead, CEO van id Software: “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. 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 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 developing games at the studio.”

John Carmack, Technical Director van id Software: “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. 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, oprichter, Chairman & CEO van ZeniMax Media: “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.”