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:

New promotional video of Wolfenstein II: Blitzmensch

Bethesda has posted a video presenting a TV comics called “Blitzmensch”, showing a nazi super-hero fighting communists and capitalists around the alternative world of Wolfenstein II.

A superhero for the ages? Or the subversion of a heroic American archetype – twisted into putrid propaganda to fit the needs of the nefarious Nazi regime? For BJ Blazkowicz, the answer is easy. Blitzmensch might be masquerading as family-friendly fun, but it won’t fool the resistance, which Blazkowicz is rallying to repel the repulsive Nazis from his homeland. Watch this episode of Blitzmensch, plucked straight from the world of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

Holterdiepolter! It’s official – Blitzmensch is a blast! General Engel’s favorite TV show is getting bigger and better each year! Päng! Blitzmensch and his partner Fräulein Fox save the world from capitalism, communism, and degenerates every day in this amazing show celebrating die Überlegenheit – the superiority – of the Reich and the Aryan race. Ach, nee! Who will be this week’s baddie? The evil Money Grubber? The notorious Proletariat-Man? The vicious Mr. Yankee Monkey? Don’t miss a single episode of Blitzmensch!

Produced in partnership with MachineGames and Bethesda Softworks, these videos will appear throughout the game as part of the world-building in Wolfenstein II. We’ve already released Liesel, Trust in Brother and German… Or Else! Stay tuned for even more videos that’ll give you a glimpse into the world BJ Blazkowicz will be saving from Nazi oppression in The New Colossus.

First look at Wolfenstein comics

GamesRadar got the opportunity to get a first look at the upcoming Wolfenstein comics, and they have posted some excerpts from the comics. They also got some details about the authors and the release date of the first books:

Simply titled “Wolfenstein,” the comic will be written by Dan Watters, with art by Piotr Kowalski and Ronilson Freire. It’ll be available September 13, but you can read several preview pages right now.

You can already pre-order the book on Amazon US ($12 US), UK (£14) or Canada ($20.26 CA), but get it only on November 14.

New video of Wolfenstein II: United We Stand

In this video, the developers of MachineGames presents the hero of the game, BJ Blazkowicz, and his allies.

BJ Blazkowicz is back in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – and now he’s got even more friends to help him eradicate the evil occupiers of his beloved homeland.

Well, not at first. Bloodied and barely alive after his battles in Germany, BJ returns to America in a state of disrepair. At his side is the entirety of the Kreisau Circle – the German resistance movement that BJ joined in the first game. With General Deathshead now defeated, BJ must rebuild himself and rally a new resistance across the United States to take back his country.

“At the end of Wolfenstein: The New Order, BJ was at death’s door,” says Creative Director Jens Matthies. “He faced off against Deathshead. He was very, very gruesomely injured. Thankfully, of course, his friends wouldn’t leave him to die. Now, he is recovering from the immense physical trauma of that experience. Of course, he has survived severe traumas in the past, but this is a BJ Blazkowicz who’s more affected than he has ever been by injuries and just pure age. He’s really bearing the scars of life on the front lines.”

This time the stakes are also higher. Aside from an open front in Africa, the Nazis pretty much rule the world. America has been occupied for 14 years, and the once-proud nation that was founded on the notion of freedom is now at risk of losing everything. But BJ isn’t only concerned about his country. “BJ’s relationship with Anya is evolving,” Matthies says. “She is pregnant with twins, and he’s about to become a father.”

“Not only is Blazkowicz fighting for the people around him, the country around him and the entire world, but he also has to look after the future for his unborn children,” adds Senior Game Designer Arcade Berg. “That puts a whole new strain on the responsibility he carries. He can’t give up, even if he wanted to.”

A New Revolution

Anya isn’t the only person fighting alongside BJ in The New Colossus. Other members of the Kreisau Circle have joined BJ in America, including fan favorites like Set Roth, Max Hass and Bombate. Also returning: Fergus or Wyatt. Once again, you’ll have to pick which of these two beloved characters will accompany you through the game – and this time the choice not only has narrative repercussions but also affects the gameplay. Go with Fergus and you’ll have access to the Laserkraftwerk; with Wyatt, you’ll get the Dieselkraftwerk. Each of these powerful signature weapons will create different gameplay opportunities – but we’ll have more details about that soon.

Aboard a nuclear submarine called Eva’s Hammer (which also serves as the game’s hub), BJ and his crew travel to various locations to rally the resistance and ignite the next American Revolution. But it won’t be easy. Frau Engel has also returned… and she has a bone to pick with Blazkowicz.

“Frau Engel has a personal beef with BJ because they had clashed before,” Matthies says. “Through a series of events in the first game, she ended up horribly scarred. Her companion was also killed by BJ. Now she has been promoted to general, and she is spearheading the effort to capture and kill BJ Blaskowicz.”

Aboard her flying fortress, the Ausmerzer, Frau Engel relentlessly pursues BJ, who has become an icon of the resistance – and a scourge of the Nazi regime. “They call him Terror-Billy, because he is really throwing a spanner in the works for them,” Berg says. “So along with her personal vendetta, she has a mission to take him out.”

From a Manhattan still reeling from a nuclear attack to small-town Roswell to the bayous of New Orleans – with stops elsewhere and in between – BJ takes the fight to the Nazis, with Frau Engel always in hot pursuit.

“We get to explore the relationship between Frau Engel and BJ, and see where that relationship is going,” Matthies says. “It’s very interesting and quite freaky.”

Rally the Resistance

The 1960s in America was a time of cultural revolution. But America in 1961 in The New Colossus is a time of bloody revolution, with pockets of resistance fighting to survive against Nazi oppression. Like any revolution, though, the battle has to come from within – and BJ must look beyond the Kreisau Circle to liberate America.

Enter a new cast of supporting characters – unrelenting revolutionaries who have long been fighting on their local fronts. But recruiting these fighters to a unified cause and igniting a real revolution is a daunting task. Some – like Horton, the leader of the New Orleans Resistance – have a deep mistrust of centralized authority. Others, like Grace – the Manhattan-based leader of the Black Revolutionary Front – have been fighting the Nazis on their own terms and are slow to trust Blazkowicz and his cohorts.

But one thing is certain: Just like in the original game, all of BJ’s new allies are real characters. “We have this new fellow called Super Spesh, and he’s just a fantastic piece of entertainment,” says Berg about one of his favorites among the new cast. “He’s a bit nuts, but he’s on your side, so I’m OK with that.”

Crazy or not, BJ will need all the help he can get from his compatriots – both old and new – to take back his homeland and spark a revolution.

“We love our characters, and we love making them as unique as possible,” Matthies adds. “We love the team we have from the first game, and now we’re adding even more interesting people to The New Colossus.”

New promotional video for Wolfenstein II: Trust in Brother

Bethesda has posted a new fake sitcom video for Wolfenstein II, taking place in the alternative history of the game where USA are controlled by nazis in the 60’s.

In Nazi-occupied America, even the smallest pleasures come with big risks. As we learn in this episode of Trust in Brother – one of the TV shows that appear in the world of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – there is no such thing as “just a little chocolate.” Or, as big brother Dale puts it: “Good nutrition is a matter of state security.” Watch this episode of Trust in Brother to see a twisted Nazi-fied take on a classic American sitcom.

Trust in Brother
“I’m still going to have to inform on you!” Sometimes life isn’t easy when you’re Ronnie and you’re always getting caught doing FUN (Following Unlawful Nature) things in Trust in Brother – a heartwarming comedy show for the whole family. Giggle your hearts out as the gluttonous Ronnie gorges on milk chocolate bars. Chuckle until your belt buckles burst as Ronnie dances to degenerate music that threatens to send him into a spiral of drugs, crime, and political deviance. But whenever Ronnie stumbles, his big brother Dale will always be there to catch him – and inform on him to the authorities! With a resounding endorsement from our Beloved Führer himself, you’re in for eine großartige Zeit – a hoot of a time! Trust in Brother is filmed before a live studio audience.

Produced in partnership with MachineGames and Bethesda Softworks, these videos will appear throughout the game as part of the world-building in Wolfenstein II. We’ve already released Liesel and German… Or Else! Stay tuned for even more videos that’ll give you a glimpse into the world BJ Blazkowicz will be saving from Nazi oppression in The New Colossus.

New developers video of Wolfenstein II: Double the Firepower

Bethesda has posted a new developer diary about the weapons of the game – including the dual-wielding system allowing you to use any pair of weapon. They also speak about a new mount for BJ: the Panzerhund!

When it comes to the ultimate enemy, nothing tops Nazis. The embodiment of pure evil, they’re monsters in the truest sense of the word – and they’ve spread their vile regime across the globe in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

The good news? BJ Blazkowicz is ready to stand up against this fearsome foe and rally the resistance to liberate America. But it won’t be easy. The Nazis in the sequel to MachineGames’ critically acclaimed game are tougher than ever, with bumped-up returning baddies – including the lumbering SuperSoldat who can now charge toward the player – along with powerful new adversaries like the fast-moving, laser-shooting, wall-clinging UberSoldat cyborgs.

Then again, BJ has some new ways to fight back – including the ability to freely dual-wield his diverse collection of big guns. For more details on BJ’s formidable firepower – including his brutal, new melee weapon – check out our latest video, with exclusive insights straight from the developers.

“What we love about Wolfenstein are the heavy weapons and that over-the-top crazy combat,” says Executive Producer Jerk Gustafsson. “We have focused a lot on freedom – on the ability to move around and control yourself in combat. And a part of that is to allow the player to freely dual-wield weapons in any combination as well.”