Now that id Software is owned by Bethesda parent Zenimax, the in-development Rage
won't be published through Electronic Arts' EA Partners division after all.
Instead, Bethesda has snatched back the publishing rights for id's latest title: "Electronic Arts will not be involved in the sales and marketing of Rage
," said Zenimax in a statement.
According to the companies, the development of Rage
, an action-FPS hybrid set some 100 years in the future, isn't affected by the change in hands.
Zenimax's surprise acquisition of id occurred earlier this year
; as part of the deal, Bethesda is to publish all of id's future titles including Doom 4
Although the specific value of the id deal was never revealed, Zenimax secured $105 million
in debt financing to make it happen. The company's publicly-disclosed financing now nears half a billion dollars over the last two years.
No reason was given for the change in the existing EAP deal for Rage
. It's likely that as id's parent, Zenimax, would rather have full control over the property; Zenimax subsidiary Bethesda, however, declined to comment on the issue.