Original DOOM Creators Romero And Carmack Announce Sci-Fi Arena Shooter Blackroom

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 12:45 PM
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Legendary DOOM creators John Romero and Adrian Carmack are back. Carmack has been out of the industry for over a decade, while Romero has been tearing it up with mobile games, but now they’re back where it all began - working on a fast-paced arena shooter. Blackroom hit Kickstarter yesterday, and it’s being touted as a frenetic FPS set in a “holographic simulation gone rogue.”

The pair have started a new studio called Night Work Games, and are asking for a cool $700,000 backing in order to fund Blackroom. As of now it sits at $85,000 in less than 24 hours so it’s off to solid if unspectacular start.

Much of the slightly muted reception could be down to very early stages of development of Blackroom. It’s being mooted for launch way off in December 2018, so all we’ve got to go on is a few pieces of artwork. There’s no gameplay footage or in-engine screenshots to speak of whatsoever just yet.

In terms of the engine, Carmack and Romero are going with Unreal Engine 4, so it could potentially be quite the looker. Being set in a VR simulation (although it’s not a VR game) means Night Work can get a bit crazy with the level designs too, taking players on a varied trip through the Wild West, pirate galleons and haunted Victorian mansions.

Blackroom promises to be all about fast movement, attack dodging, rocket jumping and exploration. As you’d come to expect from the DOOM maestros it will come packing a lengthy 10-hour single-player campaign, alongside the arena shooter multiplayer. The online component will come with six maps out of the box, along with full community map building support. It’s already being touted as DRM Free + Steam so expect to see Blackroom floating around GOG at launch too.

Should you be interested in backing Blackroom then scoot on over to the Kickstarter page. The cheapest tier which can net you a copy of the game is $29 which isn't too shabby. Should you have insane amount of cash to spend then for $10,000 you can help design a level in the game with Romero and Carmack themselves. 

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23:41 Apr-26-2016

Hopefully the player created maps will allow more than the 4 players allowed in the current Doom snap-map creations. Anyone else wondering in Lt. Barkley will make an appearance in the holodeck, um, "Blackroom?"

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22:16 Apr-26-2016

This idea(well,it's not a game yet is it? :P) has a lot of potential.It could bring something new with the best parts of old classics to the game market.I am quite excited to see what becomes of this.

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17:58 Apr-26-2016

I don't like the Kickstarter part. I feel like Fig would've been a better call, but it's also less than a million dollars so maybe it wasn't worth the fuss.

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12:47 Apr-26-2016

Well well well.... what do we have here :D :) A nice surprice :)

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13:21 Apr-26-2016

will this game bring doom, too DOOM?
the ending of the video, I think the audio was reversed, can someone re-reverse it please?

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14:21 Apr-26-2016

It says:
"To get Blackroom, you must fund the Kick Starter campaign by John Romero".

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16:52 Apr-26-2016

ahh.... I don't mind, I mean John Romero already has a reputation, so why not I guess.

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