Doom averted: John Romero announces work on an all-new FPS

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John Romero, the infamous creator of Doom, is working on all-new FPS. The news was delivered via a tweet Romero Games, which announced that the studio was hiring for multiple positions in art, design and code.

The upcoming shooter is an “original, new IP”, distinct from other Romero Games releases. Their most recent title was Empire of Sin (2020), a Prohibition-era mob boss strategy game, directed by Brenda Romero (née Garno), and co-founded Romero Games.

The studio are also working on a separate sequel to SIGIL (2019), the unofficial fifth episode of Doom that runs as a WAD on the original game. John previously said that SIGIL 2 will run on top of Doom II, whereas the job postings for the newly announced FPS game call for devs with experience using Unreal Engine 5. All this is in addition to John’s work on his memoir “DOOM Guy: Life in First Person” due in July 2023.

The studio are also working on a separate sequel to SIGIL (2019), the unofficial fifth episode of Doom that runs as a WAD on the original game. John Romero previously said that SIGIL 2 will run on top of Doom II, whereas the job postings for the newly announced FPS game call for devs with experience using Unreal Engine 5.

We’re cautiously optimistic about an original IP from John Romero. If anything, another game from the Doom creator matches a cultural vibe that has seen fast fashion retailers touting ‘grunge revival’ looks, Rage Against The Machine returning to tour, and Mortal Kombat becoming the fifth most pirated film of 2021.

John Romero
Romero’s most recent game credit was contributing design to Empire of Sin.

We trust that the development process for this untitled FPS game will not be as turbulent as that of 2000’s Daikatana, the Romero’s flop follow-up to Quake. But in the meantime, you can play Empire of Sin on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC. SIGIL is available as a Megawad add-on for Doom, even on Xbox One and Series X|S. Both games are available on Game Pass.