John Romero no longer with Slipgate Ironworks, working on social game Loot Drop

Saturday, 22nd January 2011 15:56 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Ex-id and Ion Storm co-founder John Romero is no longer at Slipgate Ironworks, a company he helped form in 2005, and is reportedly working with business partner Tom Hall on a social network game called Loot Drop.

Confirming Romero’s departure  to BigDownload, Gazillion Entertainment said he left the firm late last year.

The spokesperson also told the site the MMORPG Romero was working on was “changed and shifted out to later in the pipeline,” and will be made into a browser-based game which is more in line with Gazillion’s new focus.

“We have not announced a release date for this title and John was not involved with the new plans,” said the Gazillion rep.

Back in April 2010, Romero was looking for Unreal 3 coders for his Gazillion project, after the firm faced a round of lay-offs six months prior to the job listing.

Gazillion failed to provide more details on the Slipgate project, or confirm a release window.



  1. Hunam

    Is he allergic to finishing a game or something?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. TheWulf

    I’m not sure that’s fair. For the longest time it’s seemed like he’s gotten roped into creating things that don’t work for him. I felt that a lot of the reason Daikatana failed is because he was trying so hard to make it cool/popular, he forgot about the game itself.

    Working independently on something he likes might actually bring back the Quake-era Romero. I’d like to see that.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Hunam

    He goes to work for all these different companies and they give him the project he wants and then he ends up walking before it’s done. I think this is the second or third time now.

    It’s a waste for him and Hall to not being doing big budget games. Anachronox was an amazing game that Tom Hall pioneered, why he’s shied away from that now I’ll never know.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Anders

    The latest game he worked on and finished was a N-Gage title. From 2003.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. James Mac

    A social networking game?

    Does that mean he’s about to make our mum’s his bitch now?

    #5 4 years ago

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