• Author arn
  • Posted On2009-06-24 21:41:46
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The big industry news that came out today was the acquisition of id Software by ZeniMax Media. ZeniMax is the parent company of Bethesda Softworks who is notably responsible for Fallout 3. id Software, of course, has been responsible for the Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake franchises.

The press release insists that operations at id Software will continue as usual:

id Software will continue to operate as a studio under the direction of its founder, John Carmack. No changes will be made in the operations of id Software in the development of its games. All the principals at id Software have signed long-term employment contracts, assuring they will continue in their roles developing games at the studio.

The news likely doesn't directly impact the iPhone scene significantly but is notable as id's John Carmack has been a strong proponent of the iPhone platform for gaming. id Software had also worked on the upcoming iPhone-specific Doom Resurrection title alongside Escalation Studios. Meanwhile, ZeniMax has had it's hand in some early iPhone titles through it's mobile studio Vir2l.

Bethesda Softworks game director and executive producer Todd Howard admitted to Joystiq that they have been experimenting with versions of Fallout 3 for the iPhone.

"We've looked into those things, we just haven't found the thing that supports the brand well. I wouldn't be surprised if it does happen one day. The iPhone versions that we've designed and said 'Ehh, we don't think we're going to do that right now,' there are ... there are a lot of them."

Howard also happens to be a big fan of the iPhone and revealed in an interview that he's addicted to his iPhone and gets a game for it every few days. In the interview, he even reveals that Touch Arcade is a website that he visits every day (Hi Todd.)

  • bud

    Pip-boy 3000 app + wrist strap = WIN

  • bud

    Pip-boy 3000 app + wrist strap = WIN

  • http://scifly2.com Josh Rosen

    I'd be surprised if having two mobile game producing studios is an issue for a company large enough to own id and Bethesda (EA certainly has more than one studio working on the same console).

    If it has any effect, hopefully it's that ZeniMax will share whatever interest they had in mobile games from Vir2Ll with id. I would also be surprised if this is even on any of the executives' minds, though, haha.

  • http://scifly2.com Josh Rosen

    I'd be surprised if having two mobile game producing studios is an issue for a company large enough to own id and Bethesda (EA certainly has more than one studio working on the same console).

    If it has any effect, hopefully it's that ZeniMax will share whatever interest they had in mobile games from Vir2Ll with id. I would also be surprised if this is even on any of the executives' minds, though, haha.

  • ShadowsFall

    I would acually enjoy a game of rts and fps combined, but it will probably never happen.. Fallout 3 would sound pretty sweet for the iphone though, get to walk around a big place... Multiplayer >:)

  • ShadowsFall

    I would acually enjoy a game of rts and fps combined, but it will probably never happen.. Fallout 3 would sound pretty sweet for the iphone though, get to walk around a big place... Multiplayer >:)

  • Eastern Bloc Party

    Oblivion RPG on iphone = droooooooooool.

  • Eastern Bloc Party

    Oblivion RPG on iphone = droooooooooool.

  • MrDark

    Fallout is one of my favor PC game... a iphone version will be awesome

  • MrDark

    Fallout is one of my favor PC game... a iphone version will be awesome

  • J

    At least give us Wasteland for license it to the people doing the C64 app :)

    • spiffyone

      EA owns the Wasteland license. Fallout came to be Fallout for that very reason.

      I wouldn't mind a game in the older style on iTouch/Phone.

  • J

    At least give us Wasteland for license it to the people doing the C64 app :)

    • spiffyone

      EA owns the Wasteland license. Fallout came to be Fallout for that very reason.

      I wouldn't mind a game in the older style on iTouch/Phone.

  • http://www.2advanced.com Zandog

    Todd, you've been following me since Quake II.

  • http://www.2advanced.com Zandog

    Todd, you've been following me since Quake II.

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    Awww ..that's nice. At least I know I'm not alone in being addicted to my iphone n buying games ha ha!

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    Awww ..that's nice. At least I know I'm not alone in being addicted to my iphone n buying games ha ha!

  • http://fallout.bethsoft.com todd

    Hi!

  • http://fallout.bethsoft.com todd

    Hi!

  • Alex

    But, when will Doom for iPhone be available at the App Store?

  • Alex

    But, when will Doom for iPhone be available at the App Store?

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