Doom and Daikatana designer John Romero is “starting to work” on a new shooter – his first in 14 years.
Romero, who rose to fame thanks to his contribution to id Software’s Doom and later gained notoriety for leading development of Daikatana, is back in the saddle.
Speaking to Joystiq in a yet-to-be-release podcast, Romero said he has a couple of projects on the go.
“I’m working on several games at once right now, but [Brenda] had mentioned earlier that I’m working with a concept artist, and so I’ve got some cool imagery for the main character,” he said.
“I haven’t made a shooter since 2000. So I’m basically starting to work on another one.”
“Starting to work” is not “actively developing” or “found funding to produce”, but Brenda Romero was also a guest on the podcast and commented that she had concerns as to how much Romero was about to say, which suggests there’s more going on than just idle design.
My apparently endless memory for games industry gossip reminds me that this isn’t the first time we’ve heard stirrings of this project. Romero’s been talking about shooter ideas since early 2012, at one stage even saying he was considering something like an MMOFPS.
We got quite excited last year when word came that the legendary designer was working with Square Enix, but that seems to have come to naught, alas.
Romero has been absent from mainstream development for a few years, busy with an academic career and social developer Loot Drop. You would know that if you’d read Where are they now? The dissipation of id Software. Which I recommend, obviously, because I wrote it.