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id Software Developing NDS/PSP Games

by Rainier on Nov. 15, 2007 @ 6:25 a.m. PST

id Software and Fountainhead Entertainment announced today that the two developers have joined forces to create a new division of id Software, id Mobile, which will develop games for cell phones, the NDS and PSP.

id Software, in tandem with Fountainhead Entertainment, have developed award-winning mobile games, including the popular action-fantasy saga, Orcs & Elves, Orcs & Elves II and DOOM RPG. The announcement of id Mobile comes on the heels of the release of the highly anticipated Orcs & Elves for the Nintendo DS and Orcs & Elves II, the sequel to the 2006 Interactive Achievement Awards Mobile Game of the Year. id Mobile is currently developing Wolfenstein for the mobile platform along with a follow-up to the hugely successful DOOM RPG.

“Worldwide, mobile gaming has the potential to eclipse conventional gaming platforms,” said John Carmack, technical director and co-founder, id Software. “The resource constraints of mobile platforms reward technical and design virtuosity, making it a place where we can leverage the historic strengths of our company.”

“id Software is known for doing things that don’t conform to the status-quo and as a result, they’ve led the gaming industry forward through their original ideas, technical prowess and the uncanny ability to see into the future; with id Mobile, that tradition continues,” said Katherine Anna Kang, president, id Mobile. “id Mobile is poised to shake up the emerging mobile gaming space.”

According to DFC Intelligence, the Nintendo DS is in line to become the best selling game system ever. The research firm estimates that revenue in portable gaming has more than doubled in recent years.

“While mobile gaming has enormous potential, it continues to suffer from a lack of emphasis on quality entertainment, innovation and fun factor,” said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. “With id mobile we will leverage our brands, technical capabilities and design skills to continue to bring award winning content to these exciting platforms.”

id Mobile will be headed up by Fountainhead Entertainment Founder and former Director of Business Development at id Software, Katherine Anna Kang, who will serve as president.

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