Meet Axel Torvenius, senior concept artist on Wolfenstein: The New Order

The Bethesda Underground blog went again to visit the developers of MachineGames, and met Axel Torvenius, senior concept artist on Wolfenstein: The New Order :

 

Nothing new about the game, he talks mainly about his daily work, about the speed painting he does every morning (with a live demo), and about the best way to be hired as an artist by such a studio.

 

 

Wolfenstein: The New Order website updated

Bethesda has posted a new version of the official Wolfenstein: The New Order website, which explains in more details the storyline of the game:

Europe, 1946. World War II rages across Europe. Where once the Allies pressed advantage, the Nazi forces have turned the tide in dramatic fashion behind the technologically advanced war machine of General Wilhelm Strasse — Deathshead. When a final Allied assault on Deathshead’s compound fails, the Allies’ greatest hope falls with it.

Europe, 1960. The war is over. And the Nazis are triumphant victors. Using unrelenting force and brutal intimidation, the Nazis have brought even the most powerful nations to their knees. The Nazi regime now rules the globe with an iron fist.

You are Captain B.J. Blazkowicz, the American War Hero. After emerging into this world of darkness, you must launch an impossible counter-offensive against the monstrous Nazi regime. Only you dare stand up against an unstoppable army of Nazi robots and hulking Super Soldiers. Only you can stop Deathshead. Only you can rewrite history.

We can see that Wilhelm Strasse, aka “Deathshead”, one of the greatest villains of Return to Castle Wolfenstein and the Wolfenstein game, will be back. We also have more information about the fate of BJ at the end of WWII, and how he went into a so long coma:

BJ Blazkowicz1946. With the tides of World War II turning drastically in favor of the Nazi war machine, the desperate allied forces set out to shift back the momentum with one last ditch attempt: an assault on the Deathshead Compound. The operation goes wildly awry, and Captain Blazkowicz ends up in a comatose state on account of a traumatic injury. He somehow survives but lives as an empty shell of his former self in a mental asylum for fourteen years. Until one fateful day in the year 1960…

Moreover, we know more about Anya Oliwa, the teammate of BJ, and about the terrific Frau Engel:

Anya Oliwa

Anya OliwaBorn to Polish doctors and intellectuals, Anya was well on her way to a doctorate in archeology. The war, however, forced her to abandon her academic pursuits. Stepping up to help with the family trade of running a mental asylum, she serves as head nurse and caretaker of the afflicted. Including an unidentified soldier who was picked up at sea, badly injured, by a fishing boat.

Anya and her parents do what they can to treat their patients, while frequently getting visited by armed Nazi officers, who arrive without notice and leave with random patients in shackles. One day in the year 1960, the Nazis make a final visit—a visit to shut the asylum down and purge the place of its patients.

Frau Engel

Frau EngelA leading figure behind the Bund Deutscher Mädel (League of German Girls), the girl’s wing of the Nazi party’s youth movement. Frau Engel has dedicated her life to the Nazi cause.

Having done her duty, raising six Aryan children to serve the Fatherland and exhibiting steadfast loyalty to the Nazi party, she quickly rose up their ranks. Near the end of the war, Frau Engel assumed command of forced labor camp Belica – a dark place where she runs the day to day operations with an iron fist.

 

Note that you can also pre-order the game.

E3 trailer of Wolfenstein: The New Order

MachineGames and Bethesda have posted today the E3 trailer of Wolfenstein: The New Order. In a nutshell: a world full of Nazis, some German Beatles, and a very angry BJ!

 

Here are some screenshots of the game taken from the end of this video:

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