It’s been a long time since the DOOM and Quake co-creator has worked on a first person shooter. Last January John announced on facebook that he had developed a brand new DOOM level for the first time in 21 years. Fans were ecstatic, but they also wondered if Romero was flexing his old muscles as prep-work for a return to the genre.
In 2014 I had the pleasure of meeting John and his partner Brenda when they visited my college and gave us a series of guest lectures on the games industry and the game design process. When we asked John if he would ever make a new FPS, he said that he would like to, and had a couple of ideas in mind. Ever since then, I’ve been waiting for an official announcement. And by the sounds of things, one is coming sooner than you’d think.
A while back the Romeros moved to County Galway in the west of Ireland. They’ve since started a new company there, Romero Games Ltd. In a recent interview, John and Brenda spoke about the game design community in Ireland, and John mentioned that they would be starting production on a new game sometime soon.
We don’t know the concrete details yet, but we do know these things:
Firstly, the Romeros have uploaded a Force Awakens-esque trailer to YouTube, featuring Adrian Carmack, one of the four founders of id Software.
Secondly, John just posted this to his facebook page a few hours ago:
“The first NIGHT WORK GAMES (//nightworkgames.com) newsletter is going out soon. Don’t miss the chance to get information before everyone else – sign up!”
And lastly, Brenda tweeted the following:
— Brenda Romero (@br) April 20, 2016
I’m excited! Are you excited? You should be excited! Let’s all be excited together!
Expect more coverage on this next week!
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