updated 04:57 pm EDT, Wed August 13, 2014
Critically panned Daikatana last FPS game from Romero, new game in planning stage
More exciting news has come out of GamesCom this week, as a gaming industry veteran announced his return to the world of first person shooters. John Romero, known as one of the pioneers of the genre from his work with id Software, announced to Joystiq that he is working on his first shooter in over 14 years.
The topic came up during the reporting of the "Super Joystiq Podcast Gamescom Special," which John Romero, Brenda Romero and Mike Bithell were guests on. Romero announced that he was currently working on several games, but pointed out some specific information on a new project. Romero added that he was working with a concept artist to create some art for a new main character, but then dropped the news that he was working on a shooter.
"I haven't made a shooter since 2000. So I'm basically starting to work on another one," said Romero. The rest of the cast went into a mix of awe and shock for the remainder of the episode.
The new game is said to be made under Romero Games, instead of Romero's social media game studio Loot Drop. How the project goes is still up in the air, since it appears it's only in the initial stages. If Romero's wife had to remind him not to say too much, then there is a possibility that there is more going on that what was stated.
Romero has a long history of work in the first person shooter genre, especially because of his time with id Software. Under the company he was a part of games like Doom, Doom 2, Quake and Wolfenstein 3D. After his tenure with id Software was up, he seemed to go in a different direction with games, especially after the dismal release of his last shooter Daikatana with Ion Storm and Edios Interactive. Daikatana received mostly lukewarm and negative reviews, after a tumultuous development cycle that saw its release pushed back to April 2000.