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.”

New previews of Wolfenstein II

Several news sites and magazines got the opportunity to try an hour of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and get some first hands-on impressions about the game – which are usually very good!

According to Ars Technica:

The New Colossus isn’t a smart game—at least not in the traditional sense. But it is subversive, taking classic video game and B-movie tropes and tarting them up with a firmly tongue-in-cheek Nazi-bashing narrative.

Trusted Reviews notes that:

Move around the opening level everything’s a blast. Every gun feels excellent, and combat is as intense as ever, even from a wheelchair. But now there’s a brand-new enemy in the form of cyborg Nazi ninjas. This isn’t a rough description, that’s actually what they are. These robotic enemies can zip around the room in the blink of an eye and dish out lethal melee attacks. They’re also the source of the new energy weapons that work exceptionally well on human enemies.

For DenOfGeek:

By and large, though, New Colossus’ gunplay is much improved. Not only can you finally pick up ammo without having to press a button – except in the case of larger pickups – but New Colossus even sports its own take on Doom’s “Glory Kill” system that allows you to immediately take down a weakened enemy with a melee attack. This adds much more variety to the game’s gunfights as does the use of specialty foes that require you to constantly adjust your strategy. The same can be said of your new ability to mix-and-match dual-wield weapons.

Tom’s Guide writes that:

Despite these improvements, Wolfenstein 2 is not an easy game. Explosions now knock you down, leaving you vulnerable to enemy gunfire if you’re not careful. I fought Nazi cyborgs who could phase through thin air and mow me down in seconds, which made ripping their mechanical hearts out feel like an accomplishment. Even after lowering the difficulty a few times (go ahead, judge me), I still found myself constantly scavenging for ammo and health while barely surviving big firefights.

As much fun as I had blasting Nazis with all kinds of cool guns, I had an even better time watching the game’s story unfold. Many of B.J.’s colorful resistance allies are still around, and clash nicely with new personalities like the no-nonsense Grace and the ultra-neurotic Superspesh. The New Order was made special by its humor, heart and unforgettable cast of characters, and it that same magic formula seems to be present in the sequel.

And The Verge got a very interesting thoughts about the violence in video games, and how the game tries to depict the problems of the modern days in the context of the alternative history of Wolfenstein II.

Here is a video preview of VideoGamerTV:

Presentation of BJ Blazkowicz in Wolfenstein II

MachineGames and Bethesda have posted a small video where developers presents the hero of the game – William BJ Blazkowicz! After being injured while killing the General Strasse at the end of Wolfenstein: The New Order, BJ must fight nazis in a wheelchair in the submarine where he was secretly cured. And it seems very fun!

Wolfenstein II will use a new 3D technology from AMD

AMD has developped a new technology – called Rapid Packed Math – for its latest 3D cards (Radeon X Vega), including the one of the PS4, in order to optimize the processing of some 3D elements of the scene by decreasing their precision without loosing any visual quality. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Far Cry 5 will be the first games to use this technology in order to increase their framerate.

Here is a presentation of the technology:

First DLC of Wolfenstein II: The Freedom Chronicles

Even if the game hasn’t been released yet, Bethesda has announced what would be the first DLC pack of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, called “The Freedom Chronicles”.

The time has come to once again refresh the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Nazis have overrun the world, and while BJ Blazkowicz is busy igniting a new revolution in America, other freedom fighters are waging war on their own fronts. Soon you can step into the brave soles of a former football player, an assassin and an Army captain, and battle to restore the soul of America in Wolfenstein II: The Freedom Chronicles. Starring a trio of larger-than-life heroes, The Freedom Chronicles includes three DLC packs:

  • The Adventures of Gunslinger Joe – 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 – 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 – As the US Army’s renowned hero Captain Gerald Wilkins, embark on a mission to Nazi-controlled Alaska to dismantle Operation Black Sun!
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    All three DLC packs are included in the Digital Deluxe Edition, which is available for pre-order right now. The Freedom Chronicles Season Pass will be available as a separate purchase when the game launches, for $24.99 (US) / £17.99 (UK) / $34.95 (AUS). We’ll have more info soon, including release dates and additional gameplay details.

    The Freedom Chronicles: Episode Zero

    Of course, every great revolution has to start somewhere. And when it comes to the heroes of The Freedom Chronicles, it all begins in Episode Zero.

    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.

    Episode Zero is available as a special bonus for anyone who pre-orders Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Pre-order today to fight the Nazis on all fronts in The Freedom Chronicles: Episode Zero!

    (Note: Episode Zero is also available in the Season Pass.)

    So we will travel a lot with the original game and the DLC, even into space. And note that the “Operation Black Sun” might refer to some events that happened in the game Wolfenstein of 2009, with maybe travels to the dimension called “The Veil”…