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John Romero and Adrian Carmack team up for another teaser

The Return

Two days ago, we learned about Hoxar Inc, a purported tech start-up that in reality is linked somehow to a new FPS being developed by Romero Games, an indie studio founded by Doom and Quake co-creator John Romero. Today, Romero let slip another, more overt tease, featuring an appearance by fellow famous name from the Doom days.

Adrian Carmack—no relation to John—was one of the four co-founders of id Software, where he worked as lead artist. He left the studio in 2005 (he later claimed in a lawsuit that he'd been forced out) and has had effectively nothing to do with the industry since, which is what makes his potential return so interesting. Call it nostalgia if you like (and okay, fine, it is), but this kind of “getting the band back together” stuff is absolutely up my alley.

The Nightworkgames.com website linked in the video doesn't reveal much about what's going on, except that “a new First-Person Shooter is being built at Night Work Games Ltd. in Galway, Ireland,” and that the studio itself “is the dark and violent subsidiary of Romero Games Ltd.” It's not even certain that this is related to the Hoxar thing, although separate teases for separate projects in this kind of proximity seems awfully unlikely to me.

All will be revealed, apparently, on April 25. If I hear something ahead of that, I'll let you know.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.