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Bethesda acquires id Software

Quake maker to remain untouched.

Bethesda's parent company ZeniMax Media has announced the acquisition of id Software, the developer responsible for Doom, Quake and soon Rage.

No changes will be made to the operations of id Software and the development of its games, according ZeniMax. And all the key figures, such as John Carmack and Todd Hollenshead, will remain in place.

"This puts id Software in a wonderful position going forward. We will now be able to grow and extend all of our franchises under one roof, leveraging our capabilities across multiple teams while enabling forward looking research to be done in the service of all of them," said John Carmack, a human robot.

"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."

Rage is in development for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 and will arrive presumably next year.

We'll find out more at QuakeCon 2009, which takes place from 13th to 16th August.

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