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Quake Meets Fallout As Bethesda Buys Id

Bethesda parent ZeniMax says it's bought out Doom and Quake creator Id Software.

Bethesda Softworks parent ZeniMax Media said Wednesday that it has acquired Id Software, the creator of legendary computer games such as Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein. Bethesda's hit titles include The Elder Scrolls series and Fallout.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"The acquisition by ZeniMax Media joins together two of the finest, most respected video-game developers in the world," ZeniMax officials said in a statement.

ZeniMax said Id will operate as an independent studio and that all of the company's current leaders, including founder John Carmack and CEO Todd Hollenshead, remain on board. ZeniMax added that no changes are planned to Id's current game pipeline, which includes the highly anticipated title Rage.

"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," said Hollenshead.

"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," Hollenshead added.

Id was founded in 1991 and gained fame with addictive, first-person shooters such as Quake and Doom. The games, among the first to take advantage of 3-D graphics, typically pitted hero protagonists against an array of monsters and evildoers.

"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," said ZeniMax founder and CEO Robert Altman. "They have demonstrated, repeatedly, that rare ability to create franchise properties that are critical and commercial successes."

Bethesda, under ZeniMax, has been no slouch itself. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion won 2006 Game of the Year awards from several gaming publications and Web sites. Its most current title, Fallout 3, won more than 60 Game of the Year honors.

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