John Romero and his fellow id Software co-founder Adrian Carmack, who designed such classic first-person shooters such as DOOM and Wolfenstein and Quake, have officially announced the development of a new FPS game called Blackroom under the banner of Night Work Games. The campaign to raise $700,000 to help fund the game has now started on Kickstarter. The game has currently raised over $36,000 and has 32 days left to meet its target goal.
According to Night Work Games, the plan is for the game to be a throwback to classic FPS gameplay with a mixture of exploration, speed and weaponized combat. Blackroom is said to utilize fast, skillful movement to dodge enemy attacks, circle-strafe foes and rule the air. The game is being designed to include single and multiplayer modes. The plan is to power the game with the Unreal Engine 4, which will be fully moddable on PC.
Other features that are being planned for Blackroom are a co-op, 1-on-1 deathmatch and free-for-all arena modes. The single-player campaign will be 10+ hours that will feature varied environments, including ruined Victorian mansions, wild west ghost towns and pirate galleons. It’s said to feature abstract levels designed by Romero and Carmack. There will be six built-in multiplayer maps, along with maps that will be created by the game’s community.
Speaking on the announcement, Romero stated: “It is incredible to work with Adrian again. We’re developing exactly the type of game we think a lot of shooter fans want. It’s the type of shooter we’re known for, and the type of game we love to play ourselves. It’s a skillful shooter, from movement to weapon and map mastery.”
Adrian Carmack added: “It’s been great working with John again, and we’re really setting out to produce a visceral FPS, because of the BLACKROOM’s setting, we have a lot of freedom to create environments that players might not expect in an FPS. BLACKROOM technology lets its users enter just about any universe imaginable, and gives them the power to alter the world. That gives me lots of artistic freedom.”
Night Work Games is targeting Blackroom for a winter 2018 release on Windows PC and MAC, DRM-free and on Steam.