John Romero, co-creator of the demon-slaying series Doom, is working on a new FPS game built into Unreal Engine 5.
Although the classic series was revived several years earlier with Doom and Doom Eternal, John Romero did not contribute to the revival. His most recent release was the 2020 mafia strategy game Empire of Sin, but he is going back to the FPS genre for his next outing.
Romero a. As yet unnamed title announced Tweet (opens in new tab)Advertisement of several job postings for the game. Details are sparse, though the tweet mentions that Romero Studios is working with a major publisher to develop the game that will be based on an original IP. online architect job posting (opens in new tab) It also mentions that the game will support multiplayer for PC and console as well as “live-ops functionality”.
Graphics to melt your eyes
The job listing reveals that the game will be built using Unreal Engine 5, Epic’s latest top-of-the-line game-making kit. Several eye-catching fan-made projects have already been released using the engine, including a re-imagining of Skyrim and a recreation of Cyberpunk 2077.
Those amateur projects demonstrate the sheer graphical fidelity that the Unreal Engine 5 is capable of capturing, but don’t expect to be quite as spectacular as Romero’s next project. As a full game rather than a demo, it will have the assets of a game, each of which requires careful modeling and detailing. But it certainly has the potential to dazzle us using Epic’s next-generation technology, which is yet to be demonstrated via a full triple-A release.
What the game’s live-ops components will be is still up in the air. Many contemporary titles follow a seasonal content model, releasing substantial updates every few months. They may also detail a monetization system in the form of a Battle Pass – a staple of modern multiplayer shooters. But, in reality, live-ops functionality can refer to any structure designed to regularly deliver new features, events, updates, and improvements to the game.
Elsewhere, Romero Games website (opens in new tab) Says “It is too early to share any further information”. Given the number of senior positions the studio is currently recruiting, it certainly looks like the game is in its early stages of development. Don’t expect it to come anytime soon.
It’s not like Romero is dashing our hopes. It has been described as a “high-profile title” that will be played by millions of gamers around the world. A bold claim to something that has yet to have a public face.