By Jason Wadsworth
Bethesda Softworks, developers of games like Oblivion and Fallout, and id Software, developers of games like Wolfenstein, DOOM, and Quake, are now both part of the ZeniMax Media family. Earlier today, ZeniMax Media Inc., Bethesda’s parent company, announced their purchase of id Software.
“We, along with many others, consider id Software to be among the finest game studios in the world,” says Robert Altman, the founder, Chairman & CEO of ZeniMax Media, “[and] our intention is to make sure id Software will continue to do what they do best – make AAA games.”
It appears that no major changes will be made to id’s operation, and that the developer will continue crafting games as they have in the past, only with a new parent company. This move puts two of the industry’s most well known names essentially on the same team. With Bethesda’s expertise in the RPG arena and id’s impressive portfolio of shooters, this acquisition is an interesting parallel to the recent consolidation of genres that we see happening in games like Mass Effect, GTA, and Fallout 3.
Though no announcements have been made about an upcoming Oblivion Arena shooter or a Quake action RPG, we’re excited to see what both Bethesda and id bring us in the future.