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id Software president Todd Hollenshead leaves studio after 17 years

Todd Hollenshead, president and former CEO of developer id Software, has left the game studio, publisher Bethesda Softworks has confirmed to Polygon.

"After many years with the studio, Todd Hollenshead decided to leave id Software to pursue other personal interests," reads a statement from Bethesda. "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."

Hollenshead joined id Software in 1996, serving as the company's CEO. He took on the role of president of the developer, best known for its Doom, Quake and Rage games, in 2009 following ZeniMax Media's acquisition of id Software.

id Software is currently developing Doom 4. The shooter was reportedly rebooted in 2011 after the game "did not exhibit the quality and excitement that id and Bethesda intend to deliver and that Doom fans worldwide expect," according to Pete Hines, vice president of marketing and public relations for publisher Bethesda Softworks. id Software has since "refocused its efforts on a new version" of Doom 4.

The Richardson, Tex.-based studio's most recent releases are 2012's Doom 3: BFG Edition and 2011's Rage. For more on the future of the developer, from Hollenshead and id Software creative director Tim Willits, read Polygon's interview with the duo from QuakeCon 2012.

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