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The creators of Doom and Quake are making a new “old school” fps

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John Romero is considered one of the fathers of old-school first person shooting – and for good reason. Along with John and Adrian Carmack, he and the rest of id software are responsible for giving the world the likes of Doom and Quake.

John Romero also made the unfortunate Daikatana, but there’s no doubting that he’s one of the very best FPS level designers in the history of videogames. When two of the people responsible for those classic games say they’re making a new game, fans of the FPS genre have to sit up and listen.

Yesterday, after much excitement, Romero and Adrian Carmack announced their new “old school” shooter, along with a crowdfunding drive so that you can help pay for the game’s development.

Called Blackroom, it’s a new – but decidedly old school – FPS set in a future where lifelike holograms form our reality, but that reality is being overrun with sinister visions. Which you no doubt have to shoot at. Because it’s old-school, it’ll feature strafing and rocket jumping, and allow players to carry as many weapons about their persons as they like. Featuring a 10 hour single-player or co-op campaign, along with arena and one-on-one deathmatch modes it sounds like a fine return to the past.

Only, we have no real idea what it looks like. The pitch itself is vague and wishy-washy, showing little more than a bit of concept art. The entire announcement seems to have gone off with a mild fizzle rather than the glorious bang Romero had probably envisioned.

Romero and co are looking for $700,000 on Kickstarter to make Blackroom a reality. I just really, really wish they’d shown more.

Last Updated: April 26, 2016

42 Comments

  1. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    April 26, 2016 at 09:04

    I would buy it in an instant, if I had money to do so…

    Reply

  2. Admiral Chief in New York

    April 26, 2016 at 09:08

    I DON’T BELIEVE YOU JOHN ROMERO!

    Reply

    • Skyblue

      April 27, 2016 at 09:14

      Haha #neverforgetdaikatana

      Reply

  3. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    April 26, 2016 at 09:17

    Not enough talk of making us his bitch on the Kickstarter page.

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    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 26, 2016 at 09:18

      That horrible voice-over in the video….

      Reply

    • Geoffrey Tim

      April 26, 2016 at 09:49

      John Romero will make you his pitch

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        April 26, 2016 at 09:54

        Hahahaha winning!

        Reply

  4. Captain JJ vs ..............

    April 26, 2016 at 09:17

    You had me at co-op campaign

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      April 26, 2016 at 09:19

      They lost me at $60

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief in New York

        April 26, 2016 at 09:19

        I’ll buy it for 60…..randelas

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      • Captain JJ vs ..............

        April 26, 2016 at 09:20

        It’ll probably translate to R600 on this side (unless it’s anything like Doom is an insane R800). So it’s about average game price. But, yea, I’m with you, a bit much still.

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          April 26, 2016 at 09:21

          There’s not even a single gameplay video, look those two are legends, but they’re asking for a lot based on faith alone. I’d consider it for $30

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          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            April 26, 2016 at 09:22

            Yes. Agreed. And I’m a bit weary with some of the guys on kickstarter. Just look what happened with Planetary Annihilation.

        • Original Heretic

          April 26, 2016 at 09:34

          Where are you buying games from for only R800? Jeez, I struggle to find any new titles that are actually worth buying for anything less than R900. And that’s after some serious hunting.

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          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            April 26, 2016 at 09:35

            It’s PC games, that’s probably why.
            R600 is pretty much the upper limit.

          • Original Heretic

            April 26, 2016 at 09:36

            AH. Well alrighty then, that does make more sense.

    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 26, 2016 at 09:19

      Speaking of co-op, how big is that filth you sent to me and Hammer?

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        April 26, 2016 at 09:20

        I’ve never even heard of it

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        • Admiral Chief in New York

          April 26, 2016 at 09:20

          IKR?

          And JJ is fond of it……my Admiral senses tell me that IT’S A TRAP

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          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            April 26, 2016 at 09:21

            I never said it’s the best game ever. But it’s good fun. If you liked Alien Swarm and Phobia, you’ll like this. 😀

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 26, 2016 at 09:23

            I’ll give it a shot, at the very least

          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            April 26, 2016 at 09:23

            You’re trapping yourself at never getting a free game again!

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 26, 2016 at 09:24

          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            April 26, 2016 at 09:25

            My guardian has a particulalry shiny ass.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 26, 2016 at 09:27

            XD

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 26, 2016 at 09:27

            Thanks again, will try it out this week some time

          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            April 26, 2016 at 09:29

            Works well with a controller actually, if you play top-down instead of 3rd person.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 26, 2016 at 09:30

            Hmmm might be a problem

          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            April 26, 2016 at 09:31

            Well, either way. It works well.
            My thumbs are still sore after last night’s non-stop 3 hour session….of playing the game, of course.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 26, 2016 at 09:39

            O_O

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 26, 2016 at 09:55

            of course….

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 26, 2016 at 09:26

            O_O

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 26, 2016 at 09:26

            This is the stuff he gifts us O_o

          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            April 26, 2016 at 09:27

            Fine, maybe I’ll just gift it to other people as well and rather play with them! 😛

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 26, 2016 at 09:30

            Wait….I need to play with you??????

          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            April 26, 2016 at 09:35

            Hahaha. No. My gifts have no obligations and no rules.
            Different to being friends with Trevor. 😛

      • Captain JJ vs ..............

        April 26, 2016 at 09:21

        8gig :/

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  5. Skyblue

    April 26, 2016 at 10:49

    Sounds like Dead Space meets the Star Trek Holodeck, meh.

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  6. Raptor Rants

    April 26, 2016 at 11:25

    Sooooo…. Old school old school. or like the new Doom being released old school?

    Reply

  7. Darren Peach

    April 26, 2016 at 14:26

    John Romero lost his Ferrari to a fan who literally beat him at his own game.

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    • Skyblue

      April 27, 2016 at 09:13

      You might be getting your facts a bit mixed up. John Carmack put up one of his Ferrari’s as first prize in a Quake competition which Thresh won. They also built his config into Quake 2. He was widely considered as the best Quake player in the world at the time.

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      • Darren Peach

        April 29, 2016 at 13:52

        In the land of irrelevant facts, I guess I was close enough. Thanks for correcting me on it 😉

        Reply

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