John Romero Recalls How Sierra On-Line Almost Acquired ID Software in One of Gaming’s Biggest “What-Ifs”


What if King’s Quest developer Sierra On-Line bought id Software before they could create DOOM? It’s a fascinating “what-if” in gaming history, and it could have happened if Sierra founder Ken Williams hadn’t shied away from the extra $100,000 needed to close the deal.

John Romero, who founded id Software and played a key role in designing DOOM, told the story of Sierra’s near-acquisition during a talk earlier today at GDC 2022. During the discussion of the development of Wolfenstein 3D – which was completed in less than six months – Romero took a detour to recall Sierra’s offer to buy id Software.

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