id-software-logoid Software, the legendary videogames developer behind games including Doom, Wolfenstein and Quake, has been bought by ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks. Bethesda is responsible for recent games including Fallout 3, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and upcoming titles including WET, Brink and Rogue Warrior, all unveiled at E3 2009.

Speaking to Kotaku, id Software co-founder and programming legend John Carmack said id was “getting kind of tired competing with our own publishers in terms of how our titles will be featured. It would be hard to imagine a more complementary relationship. They are triple A, top-of-the-line in what they do in role-playing games. And they have no overlap with all the things we do in first-person shooters.”

In the official press release, ZeniMax CEO Robert Altman said: “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.”

Electronic Arts have confirmed that id Software’s next game – the post-apocalyptic driving-and-shooting Rage, will still be published by them, rather than Bethesda.

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