John Romero is teasing a new shooter

Hoxar Inc.

Shacknews posted an interesting story on Friday about Hoxar Inc, which on the surface appears to be a tech start-up promoting a new technology called Blackroom, a holodeck-like “fully immersive experience without physical restriction,” including the need for goggles. “Hoxar has spent years innovating and pushing the boundaries of holographic technology beyond its competitors,” its website says. “Now, with the latest Hoxar DPHM Simulators, users can experience a walkable space that feels, smells, and looks like the real thing—or unreal thing, as is usually preferred.”

This is relevant to our interests because, according to the report, a “credible anonymous source” told the site that Hoxar is actually related to a new game being developed by Romero Games, the studio co-founded by Doom and Quake co-creator John Romero. How exactly they're tied together isn't made clear—anonymous sources often tend not to want to connect too many dots—and the website registration information is private, revealing only that it was registered out of Scottsdale, AZ, also the location of Hoxar HQ.

It's not much to go on, but there is one little spot of information that gives it the unmistakable sheen of legitimacy: “Yes, there may be something to this,” Romero himself tweeted, adding the #pc and #fps hashtags.

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He hasn't said anything about it since, and there's nothing on the Hoxar website or Facebook page that leap out as obviously game-releated, although everything it promises is all very future-tech, and just a little too post-VR to be the real deal. Probably.

“The Blackroom truly springs to life thanks to Hoxar's unique Predictive Memory Technology (PMT), which analyses the user’s memory and constructs a simulation that is incredibly lifelike, non-predictable and responsive,” it says. “Virtual reality is but a thing of the past, thanks to Blackroom and PMT; this is a new digital reality, available soon from Hoxar, Inc.”

There's also an emphasis on Blackroom's potential military applications that has all the hallmarks of ominous foreshadowing. Clearly something is cooking here: I've emailed Romero Games and Hoxar to ask what's going on, and I'll let you know if I get anything back.

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.