Bethesda Buys id

June 24, 2009

Weird corporate news: Bethesda (or its parent company, ZeniMax) has bought id Software. It’s a surprising union, but I think an overwhelmingly good one for both companies, and for the gaming world as a whole.

  • Bethesda will publish id games, which should be a huge step up from the sledgehammer corporate approach of an Activision or Electronic Arts.
  • The cultures should be a good fit. Both Bethesda and id are companies that have deliberately stayed small, and kept tightly focused on a particular style of game.
  • Bethesda may pick up on some of id’s top-notch 3D coding expertise, and id may be reminded how to do games with a bit of depth.

Doom RPG, anyone?