John Romero and Adrian Carmack go to Kickstarter with new FPS Blackroom

An old-fashioned game being made in Ireland, surprisingly.

Video game legends John Romero and Adrian Carmack - two of four founding members of id Software (Doom, Quake) - have taken to Kickstarter to fund a new but old-fashioned first-person shooter called Blackroom.

The game touts the kind of traits that made old id Software games famous: fast single-player and multiplayer gameplay based around strafing rather than today's cover mechanics. Modding support will be fundamental to the game.

Blackroom's shtick a holographic simulation gone wrong, which means it can jump themes - Wild West to Victorian mansions, apparently, and pirate ships to castles - without you asking too many questions, I guess. Apparently the simulations - or are they? - can get twisted and surreal.

Romero and Carmack are after $700,000 on Kickstarter and apparently have partners lined up who will jump in if the goal is reached. The tentative release date for Blackroom is 2018. It's a PC/Mac game.

There's no gameplay footage to speak of, only concept art. There are also only three members of the development team named - the third being George Lynch who makes metal music.

The developer, incidentally, is Night Work Games in Galway, Ireland - a subsidiary of Romero Games. It's not clear how many people work at the studio or if there are others.

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