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Oh god, John Romero is making a new FPS

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John Romero is one of the co-founders of iD, and is responsible for design on games you love, like Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein. What he’ll always be remembered for though is the frankly godawful shooter he released under Ion Storm in 2000, Daikatana. And now, nearly 15 years on, he’s trying his hand at the FPS again.

Romero confirmed that he’s busy making a new shooter, among several other games

“I’m working on several games at once right now,” Romero told Joystiq in their podcast. “But [Brenda Romero] had mentioned earlier that I’m working with a concept artist, and so I’ve got some cool imagery for the main character,” he added, without specifying much else.

“I haven’t made a shooter since 2000. So I’m basically starting to work on another one,” he went on to confirm.

Is the world ready for something new from Daikatana’s creator? That game was a such a monumental failure, that it caused developer Ion Storm to close its Dallas offices, and has a remaining legacy of being one of the most commercially unsuccessful games in the history of the medium. The game was built using the Quake 2 engine, but was so oft delayed that by the time it was released, it was already lagging behind in the technology department, overshadowed by Quake 3 and any other games that were actually fun.

For the last few years, Romero has been making mobile and casual games with fun titles like Pettington Park and Dodger Down.

Last Updated: August 12, 2014


  1. Admiral Chief Beta Tester

    August 12, 2014 at 09:35

    I wonder what ever happened to our loyal Lagz reader that had to play Daikatana…


  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    August 12, 2014 at 09:36

    If you bought Daikatana then he DID make you his bitch.


    • Hammersteyn

      August 12, 2014 at 09:38

      I pirated it, does that make him my bitch?


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        August 12, 2014 at 09:42

        Only if you didn’t play it – if you did then you broke even.


  3. Hammersteyn

    August 12, 2014 at 09:38

    Keep calm, we all know what ever he makes can’t be worse than Daikatana


  4. Umar

    August 12, 2014 at 09:44

    Your ‘Oh god’ is that an orgasmic oh god or a oh god, look at this dumb mother fudger trying to make another fps game


    • Admiral Chief Beta Tester

      August 12, 2014 at 09:45

      My money is on the latter


      • Rinceable

        August 12, 2014 at 10:39

        If I had any money mine would be too 😛


  5. Kensei Seraph

    August 12, 2014 at 09:47

    My first thought was “Well at least he’s learnt from his mistakes so he’s unlikely to screw up”, but then I read how he’s working on several other games and I thought “This will compete with A:CM for worst game of the decade.”


  6. Rinceable

    August 12, 2014 at 10:38

    Never played it! Thank goodness it would seem!


  7. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    August 12, 2014 at 11:00

    Groan… But more importantly…. will he make us his bitch this time?


    • Admiral Chief Beta Tester

      August 12, 2014 at 11:07

      See thread below, someone already is…


  8. Ross Woofels Mason

    August 12, 2014 at 13:20

    I am just more interested in seeing his new ad campaigns for it =p


  9. brad coetzee

    August 13, 2014 at 14:10

    I doubt the game will come to light. There is no way he would want to remotely re visit a possible Daikatana scenario. I bet he went for therapy after that episode but I blame the people responsible for Daikatana’s add campaign more than anything else. It was way overhyped.


  10. GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

    August 14, 2014 at 12:48

    Romero Schmero, some has been that made a shitty game 14 odd-years ago..


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