New game from Doom co-creators suspends crowdfunding campaign

Days after launching its Kickstarter, Nightwork Games has put the brakes on Romero-Carmack collaboration Blackroom to first develop a playable demo.

On Monday, Doom co-creators John Romero and Adrian Carmack announced a new first-person shooter, Blackroom. It looks kind of campy, but seemed to have garnered at least modest interest from crowdfunding fans, who have so far pledged over $130,000 of its $700,000 goal.

As of this morning, the team says it is 'pressing pause' on Blackroom's crowdfunding campaign, to instead focus on a playable build. The full details of the announcement is backers-only, so I'm getting this second-hand, but VG247 quotes this from the update:

Simply put, this will take more time than the Kickstarter has left, so we’ve decided to suspend the campaign and launch a new one when the gameplay demo is ready.

We believe, however, it is the right choice. We know you do, too. Thanks to your feedback, we know we should have included it at launch.

Romero shared additional comments with Develop, saying: "We’re not in a massive rush to hurry up, get all the money and start making the game -- we want to do it right. So we’ll stop the fundraising for now, finish the demo we’re working on and then do it again." Develop also reports that the build is expected to require an additional one to two months to complete, after which Romero plans to relaunch the Kickstarter.

"If they [our backers] don’t like that, then we don’t make that game -- but we think they will like it," Romero added.

(h/t VG247.)

Disclosure: Romero and I have, in the past, both been involved with the IndieCade game festival.

Kris Ligman is the News Editor of ZAM. It's Friday, Friday, hey. Twitter: @KrisLigman.