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Zenimax Brings Aboard id Software

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if the studios in charge of such mega-hits like “Fallout 3″ and “Oblivion” joined forces with the makers of “Doom” and “Wolfenstein”? Well, wonder no longer gamers because Zenimax (the parent company of Bethesda) has acquired id Software, a move which was announced by Zenimax Media earlier today.

CEO of Zenimax, Robert Altman, helped explain his excitement about the acquisition saying “We consider id Software to be among the finest game studios in the world,” he 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.”

Fans of each individual studio need not worry however, as both id Software and Bethesda studios will continue to act as separate entities. John Carmack, co-founder and face of id Software further explained how his company will work under the current deal. “We will now be able to grow and extend all of our franchises under one roof,” said Carmack in a press release, “leveraging our capabilities across multiple teams. 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.”

While the companies will still be working on separate projects, the collective knowledge they share will only help benefit fans of both divisions. And who knows, maybe a Todd Howard/John Carmack collaboration isn’t too far behind? With each companies resume’s boasting genre-defining hits, this could be an acquisition that will benefit gamers of any genre.

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