id the "Multiplatform Developer"

Hollenshead Rages about PC gaming, E3 surprises on GameSpot talks with id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead about Rage, QUAKE LIVE, and more. When asked about multiplatform support in Rage and whether id still considers itself first and foremost a PC developer, the answer was no:
Well, actually it's been a fundamental, sort of philosophical shift at the company, is that we really have transitioned from, first and foremost, a PC developer to a multiplatform developer. And so when John [Carmack] developed id Tech 5 (see below), it really was targeted from the initiation as a multiplatform technology solution.

Now, there's no question that our roots are in PC gaming. And when I play a first-person shooter, keyboard and mouse is the configuration that I want to play on. I'm devoting my gaming time right now on the PC to Quake Live. I like a little Rock Band on the console, to be honest about it. But we feel like, in terms of your triple-A, big-budget, big-market title, that you really have to be cross-platform to be successful, unless you're a first party.

So as an independent developer, we feel like we have to be on all the relevant platforms. So we don't really view ourselves as PC first. I think I would say that John says that probably the primary development platform for Rage is actually the 360.
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Doom was ported by id to quite a few different consoles.

I'm not sure about the Jaguar port of Doom, but Sega of America did the 32X port and Midway handled the Saturn, PlayStation and SNES ports. The 3DO version was handled by some unknown developer who completely botched it. Lobotomy, Midway and Activision handled the Quake trilogy ports.

id used to develop PC games and then license out the console ports to other developers while they worked on their next PC release. Their full attention was always on the PC. Now they're making multi-platform games with a console as the primary development platform. This doesn't bother me since I own consoles and feel that id hasn't been relevant for the last decade, but I can see why their fans might be a little worried.
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