Longtime id Software president/CEO leaves studio

id Software president Todd Hollenshead has departed after 17 years with the company. Hollenshead was formerly CEO of the studio which produced the Doom and Quake franchises, though his position changed when the company was bought out by Bethesda parent ZeniMax Softworks in 2009.

"After many years with the studio, Todd Hollenshead decided to leave id Software to pursue other personal interests," Bethesda VP of marketing Pete Hines told IGN. "While Todd was not part of the development teams, he was an integral part of id Software’s success as the business head of the studio and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors."

id's had a rough couple of years since joining the ZeniMax family: long-awaited shooter Rage was poorly received and Doom 4 has reportedly mired in development hell for years.


  • maul - July 2, 2013 3:26 a.m.

    Rage is alright I dont think its bad at all.
  • Moondoggie1157 - June 28, 2013 12:37 a.m.

    Rage wasn't a fantastic game, but fuck, I definitely wouldn't go as far as to say it was poorly received... Then again, I never bought into the hype surrounding it in the first place. The only reason I played it was because I had run out of other games and I found it while visiting my little brother. That being said, I fucking loved Rage... even if the climax left a lot to be desired. Ah well...
  • Redeater - June 27, 2013 10:22 p.m.

    This would mean more had they not completely fucked up the Doom 3 BFG edition for PC.
  • GoldenEagle1476 - June 27, 2013 3:25 p.m.

    Rage was poorly recieved? I really liked it :P
  • Redeater - June 27, 2013 10:20 p.m.

    I enjoyed Rage quite a bit but they definitely sold it to the public as an open world on par with Fallout 3. Almost every review you read, they dock points because it was so scaled back.
  • shawksta - June 27, 2013 2:40 p.m.

    Well i wish him good luck, its a shame Rage didnt get the justification it deserved but things happen and maybe in the future it will.

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