ZeniMax Media, parent company of Fallout 3 and Elder Scrolls studio Bethesda Softworks, announced today that it is purchasing legendary Doom and Wolfenstein developer id Software. What does id co-founder John Romero think?
The estranged game designer, who's no longer with id and currently developing iPhone games, tweeted this: "ZENIMAX??????? Disgusting." He followed that up an hour later with "Fallout 3 bought DOOM. Wow."
Romero is known for coining the term "deathmatch" and the disastrous Daikatana ad campaign. That, and having amazing hair.
Id co-founder John Carmack, id CEO Todd Hollenshead and ZeniMax CEO Robert Altman told Kotaku that the purchase will change none of the principles or principals of id and Bethesda but will allow id to grow like it never has before.
We've contacted Romero to clarify, but have yet to receive a reply.
Update: Hours later, Romero tweeted, "i guess i was shocked and sad to see the id Software of old changed forever today. it's a new day and a new id." Same old Romero, though.