Wolfenstein II: Major update and DLC

Bethesda has posted some information about the first major patch of the game that has been released last week:

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus launched recently to rave reviews from critics, and today it’s getting even bigger and better with a huge new update. In addition to some PC fixes, this update also includes support for the Xbox One X, as well as new in-game content. Check out everything included in the update in the list below.

Freedom Chronicles Episode Zero

  • Available for pre-order customers and Season Pass holders who redeemed codes

Xbox One X Support

  • Supports 4K resolution
  • Dynamic resolution scaling

Vault Unlocked!

  • 10 new combat simulations playable from the Main Menu or in Evas Hammer
    o Requires progression to Chapter 2
  • Leaderboard functionality
    o Compete with your friends for the highest score!

PC Fixes

  • Improved stability on NVIDIA 10-series GPUs
    o Async compute temporarily disabled until driver fix available
  • Forced driver update on driver detect warning message can now be manually bypassed
  • Improved Win 10 stability on supported NVIDIA GPUs when launching at any resolution other than 4K when DPI scaling is set to 175% 4K monitor
  • Improved Win 10 stability on supported NVIDIA GPUs when resolution is changed to 4K while DPI scaling is set to 125% or 150%
  • Fixed “zoomed in brightness menu” issue on 4K monitors (when DPI scaling was set to greater than 100%)
  • Skybox fixes

Moreover, Bethesda has also posted an article about its post-launch roadmap for the DLC:

BJ Blazkowicz might be a nigh-unstoppable Nazi-killing machine, but it takes more than one man to make a revolution. That’s where The Freedom Chronicles comes in. Starring three different heroes, this multipart DLC will give players a chance make America Nazi-free again – but from a trio of fresh perspectives. Available as individual DLC packs or all together in the Season Pass, The Freedom Chronicles includes:

Episode Zero
Included with pre-order or Season Pass. Available now.
Episode Zero introduces you to Joseph Stallion, Jessica Valiant and Gerald Wilkins as they fight for freedom in the American Territories. Blast your way through Nazis using unique abilities and an arsenal of guns in this opening DLC mission.

The Adventures of Gunslinger Joe
December 14
As former professional quarterback Joseph Stallion, smash through Nazi hordes from the ruins of Chicago to the vastness of space!

The Diaries of Agent Silent Death
January 30
As ex-OSS agent and assassin Jessica Valiant, infiltrate Nazi bunkers in California and discover the secrets of Operation San Andreas!

The Amazing Deeds of Captain Wilkins
March 2018
As the US Army’s renowned hero Captain Gerald Wilkins, embark on a mission to Nazi-controlled Alaska to dismantle Operation Black Sun!

The Freedom Chronicles Season Pass is available now, for $24.99 (US) / £17.99 (UK) / $34.95 (AUS).

Brutal Wolfenstein 3-D released in version 5.0

A new release of the remake of Wolfenstein 3-D as a total conversion of Doom 2 has been posted, in version 5.0. Here is a description of the mod by its creators:

It aims to recreate a new experience of the original Wolfenstein 3D, with new gameplay mechanichs such as new enemies, new weapons, interactive environment and, of course, blood. An huge amount of blood.

Here is a video of the game in action:

Great reviews for Wolfenstein II

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is out since Friday, and it already got many very positive reviews, with a global score of 89% on Metacritic for PC and PS4, and 87% for XBox One, and the following score on OpenCritic for PC:

Polygon is very positive, saying that:

Killing isn’t all that Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus offers. It’s the rare first-person shooter that explores the first time its hero pulled a trigger; it’s the rare first-person shooter that is comfortable connecting with the primal, untamed parts of your brain while celebrating just how f.cking good it feels to lay out a Nazi.

… while GameSpot says that:

The New Colossus never lets you forget who and why you’re fighting. Nazi brutality is on full display, from the blown-out, irradiated remains of Manhattan to each of the resistance members, who all carry mental scars if not physical ones. You’re never given a chance between cutscenes, missions, and even downtime on the U-boat to lose sight of the Reich’s cruelty. Wolfenstein’s tense gameplay elevates this further by giving you the power to truly resist–and come out of each battle ready for another fight.

And for USGamer:

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus builds on the first game, making for another superb linear first-person shooter campaign. It’s an empowering journey that BJ goes on – rising from his near death experience from The New Order to be stronger than ever, befriending others who are just as tough and ready to take back what the Nazis stole from them: their country.

Here is the video review of Easy Allies:

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is out! (Nein!!)

Friday was a sad day for all nazis around the world: the game Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus was released by Bethesda and MachineGames around the world!

 

You can buy it on Amazon :

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Why no multiplayer in Wolfenstein II

In an interview to GameIndustry, the narrative designer of the game in MachineGames, Tommy Tordsson Björk, explained why there is no multiplayer part in Wolfenstein II – like in Wolfenstein: The New Order:

The only way we can create these super immersive narrative experiences is if we can solely focus on the single-player,” he said. “Having a multiplayer component in this work process would just dilute it all. That’s the danger if you try to do two things at once.

We just keep our heads together, and focus on making a really good single-player game… Doing our thing is what makes the game great.

Launch details of Wolfenstein II

Along with the PC requirements, Bethesda has also posted some various information about the launch of the game on October 27:

CONSOLE SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

PlayStation 4 Pro
Resolution: 1440p Performance: 60 FPS (with Day One Patch)

Xbox One X
Support will be coming in a future patch to coincide with the release of the console.

PRE-LOAD TIMES

PlayStation 4
October 25, 12am midnight (all regions)

Xbox One
October 25, 12am midnight ET

PC
October 24, 8pm ET

GLOBAL UNLOCK TIMES

PlayStation 4
October 27, 12am midnight (all regions)

Xbox One
October 27, 12am midnight (all regions)

PC
October 27, 12am midnight (all regions)

DAY ONE PATCH

The Day One Patch includes a wide range of optimizations, so we highly encourage everyone to download and apply the update prior to playing the game. We anticipate the Day One Patch being approximately 5GB in size.

THE FREEDOM CHRONICLES: EPISODE ZERO

The pre-order bonus for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, The Freedom Chronicles: Episode Zero, will be redeemable when Wolfenstein II launches on October 27 and the content will be available to play starting on November 7.

Episode Zero introduces you to larger-than-life American heroes Joseph Stallion, Jessica Valiant and Gerald Wilkins as they fight for liberty, and against Nazi tyranny, in the American Territories! Harness their unique abilities and equip their arsenal of guns as you blast your way through Nazis in this opening DLC mission. To be continued in… The Freedom Chronicles!

FUTURE UPDATES

Shortly after launch, we’ll be providing more information on what’s coming in a future game patch for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, including additional game improvements and features, Xbox One X support, and new Challenge missions. In the meantime, we hope you are as excited and ready for the release of Wolfenstein II as we are.

Now, let’s go kill some Nazis!

Wolfenstein II: Weapons Guide

Bethesda has posted a new guide about all the weapons that BJ will be able to use in the game. 

BJ Blazkowicz has an uphill battle ahead of him in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. With Nazi forces subjugating his homeland, BJ must travel across America assembling a resistance to repel the invading regime. But he’s not entering the fray unarmed. BJ comes prepared with an arsenal of powerful guns, grenades and gear to help him carve his way through the evil occupiers.

But developer MachineGames didn’t stop at simply arming BJ with a diverse arsenal of finely tuned firearms. Along with a few brand-new weapons, Wolfenstein II now includes the ability to freely dual-wield and customize your guns with a range of modifications. Even with these updates and upgrades, though, it won’t be easy for BJ to liberate his country and save the world from evil. To help you out, we’ve put together a full guide to the firepower BJ will be wielding to make America Nazi-free again – along with insights into the game’s all-new weapons customization system. (Note: potential gameplay SPOILERS ahead.)

The weapons are:

  • Hatchet (melee)
  • Pistole (handgun)
  • Maschinenpistole (small fast machinegun)
  • Sturmgewehr (assault rifle)
  • Schockhammer (big shotgun for close range)
  • Kampfpistole (grenade launcher)
  • Laserkraftwerk (laser gun in Fergus timeline)
  • Dieselkraftwerk (mine launcher in Wyatt timeline)
  • Handgrenate (grenade)
  • Heavy weapons (mounted or used by super soldiers, not in inventory)

Wolfenstein II: minimum PC specs

Bethesda has posted the minimum requirements if you want to play the game on your PC:

For PC gamers, it’s all about the freedom – and we’re not just talking about liberating America from Nazi oppression. From framerates to field-of-view options and beyond, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus includes a host of features on PC, allowing players to customize their experience based on hardware and preferences. Along with the minimum and recommended specs, we’ve got a detailed list of supported features available in The New Colossus when it launches worldwide on October 27.

PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Minimum

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 or better
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 770 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better
RAM: 8 GB
OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit versions)
Storage: 55GB
Additional Requirements: Steam account and broadband internet connection for activation and installation
AMD GPU drivers no longer support Windows 8.1

Recommended

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770/AMD FX-9370 or better
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB/AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB or better
RAM: 16 GB
OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 64-Bit
Storage: 55GB
Additional Requirements: Steam account and broadband internet connection for activation and installation
AMD GPU drivers no longer support Windows 8.1

You can find some more advanced settings and features in the post.

Wolfenstein 3-D in Wolfenstein II

Like in Wolfenstein: The New Order, you’ll be able to play the classic game Wolfenstein 3-D via an arcade game inside Wolfenstein II. You can see the game inside the game in action in this twitch video.

As you can see, there are some changes in the nazi imagery, replaced by pictures from BJ and the resistance!