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The id Software family tree is finally coming together.
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Of all the innovations id Software brought to the video game industry in the 1990s, plot was certainly not one of them. Still, the company managed to create a few iconic heroes in the heyday of PC action, and decades after their inception, the company’s former lords released a fun bit of trivia on Tuesday: many of id’s greatest heroes. are all related.

As noted by ResetERA, a Twitter conversation that had been initiated weeks earlier unfolded on Tuesday. A seemingly throwaway December post from former id Software designer John Romero added an interesting note: that the long-running Wolfenstein series hero, BJ Blazkowicz, was “based on” the company’s early side-scrolling action series Commander Keen. A fan picked this up and sent a question to id co-founder Tom Hall: Are these two characters related, and is Doom’s “Doomguy” hero part of a genetic lineage as well?

Hall didn’t cut any words in his answer from Tuesday: “The parentage is not a theory. Fact.” Longtime id fans may have suspected this, based on information from long ago Wolfenstein hint tutorial, but this is the first time anyone from id has bothered to confirm that idea. What’s more, Romero came up with pipes to clarify the exact makeup of the Blazkowicz clan: the Wolfenstein hero is Commander Keen’s grandfather while Keen is Doomguy’s father. The duo had a bit of a back-and-forth joke series from there, asking why there was a missing generation badass between Wolfenstein and Skilled. Hall claimed that Keen’s father was “a wonderful, heroic … newscaster” with the stage name “Blaze”, which is where Keen’s legal name of “Billy Blaze” came from.

This adds a bit of a macabre angle to the fact that: Skilled-related Easter eggs were found in the demise series, especially a secret room in Doom II which required you to gruesomely kill four hanging versions of the original Keen sprite.

Tuesday’s trivia tidbit comes after Romero’s July 2017 confession that he first played a key role in the iconic album cover. demise game. That corpse standing pose with a gun came because Romero himself jumped into a photoshoot and posed the way he wanted the cover to look like. (Doesn’t that make Romero a member of the Blazkowicz clan?)

Ultimately, with so little meaningful plot connecting these games, the information is more of a fun way to look at those series’ connections than a big concept reveal. It’s all much less complicated than, say, the chronology of the Zelda series, which came after the events of Ocarina of Time.

By akfire1

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