Interview of Bobby Prince

The composer of music of Wolfenstein 3-D, SoD, Doom, Duke Nukem 3-D and other early id Software and Apogee/3DRealms games recently gave an interview to the Cyber Den site.

A very interesting insight to this composing job in the 90s that Bobby regularly explains in his blog, as he’s been retired from the industry for more than once decade.

Launch trailer of Wolfenstein II

Here it is! Bethesda has released the launch trailer of the game, one week before its release. And it’s amazing, with a little surprise at the end (with a mustache):

Memo to the Nazis occupying America in The New Colossus: You messed with the wrong country. With Wolfenstein II releasing next Friday, it’s time to get fired up and fight back. As BJ Blazkowicz, you’ll be rallying the Resistance in order to retake your homeland in MachineGames’ sequel to their critically acclaimed shooter. Check out the launch trailer for a glimpse of what awaits any Nazi foolish enough to stand in Blazkowicz’s way.

New info about Wolfenstein II on Nintendo Switch

Jen Matthies, the creative director of the game in MachineGames, has answered to several interviews about the game, and given some info about its porting on the Nintendo Switch:

We just want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to play the game. So any platform that can run the game, we want to be on. And it seems intriguing to me to have it portable and all that stuff. But the experience itself, it doesn’t really matter what kind of platform you’re on, it’s still the same game.
I think a good reference point would be Doom. Because it’s the same engine. It will be whatever Doom is capable of, that is what Wolfenstein is capable of.

Some videos of Doom running on the portable console have already been posted, and the result seems very good:

Wolfenstein II makes US alt-right very angry

The community managers of Bethesda know how to make US pro-fascism and alt-right members very angry with one tweet saying “Make America Nazi-Free Again”, transforming the slogan of Donald Trump “Make America Great Again” and knowing the shady links between the US president and the fascists:

Some of them promptly reacted to this post, as listed by this article. Far Cry 5 – the game I’m working on btw – got a similar treatment by US alt-right because of his setting where you kill american religious fanatics.

The gameplay trailer of Wolfenstein II is here!

And it is amazing! Wunderbar!

The Nazis have taken over America. They’ve turned Manhattan into a wasteland. They’ve walled off New Orleans and are systematically purging the city, burning people and homes to the ground. And they brazenly walk the streets of small-town USA – going where they want, taking what they want and behaving however they please. But this is not BJ Blazkowicz’s America. The United States will never be broken – not with BJ on the job, rallying the Resistance and igniting a revolution. Watch the Resistance rise up to strike fear in the Nazis in the latest trailer for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

New book about the engine of Wolfenstein 3-D

Fabien Sanglard, a French software engineer working for Google, is a passionate expert of 3D engines, and usually perform some very interesting in-depth analysis of the code of various old games in his blog. He has just released his first book about the 3D engine of Wolfenstein 3-D, with the support of John Carmack. It explains the technical genius behind this software, and the hardware it had to work on (IBM 386 PC). A great technical read!

New info about Wolfenstein II

In a new video of the developers’ diary, the creative director of MachineGames explain how they’ve built an alternative history where nazis have conquered the world:

A lot has happened in the 14 years since the Nazis have won World War II. It’s now 1961, the Reich has overtaken almost the entire world, and BJ Blazkowicz is returning to his home to rally the resistance and repel the invaders. But this isn’t the America BJ fought for during the war. Not anymore. Check out our latest video for a look at what’s in store for “Terror-Billy” in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

“This game is all about liberating the U.S. and creating a platform there to liberate the rest of the world,” says Creative Director Jens Matthies. But first BJ needs to shoot, blast, hack and stab his way through New York, New Orleans, New Mexico – and several other locations – all of which have been significantly altered by years of Nazi oppression. From Nazi propaganda to straight-up subjugation, America has changed – but that won’t stop BJ from doing his job to liberate his country… and the rest of the world.

In another post on the blog of Bethesda, they also present Frau Engel, the infamous nazi commander that BJ met in Wolfenstein: The New Order… Now she’s trying to find him and get vengeance!

New previews of Wolfenstein II

As the game was shown at the latest QuakeCon and PAX expos, several previews and interviews about the game have been posted:
* Gamasutra is discussing with the creative director of the game, Jens Matthies, about the design decision all through the development of the game
* He has also discussed with PC Gamer about how to depict this alternative universe where nazis controls USA…
* And TechAdvisor and Windows Central also posted a very positive preview of the game

Resero also got an interview of Jens Matthies on video, with some footage from the game: