Pete Hines (Bethesda) speaks about the next Wolfenstein

Pete Hines, VP of marketing at Bethesda, gave a long interview to the Kinda Funny Games youtube channel, and when he was asked about the next Wolfenstein, he told this:

MachinesGames has been hard at work on something, which I can’t tell you I have played, it’s fucking bananas, and I can’t wait to show what it actually is, and what they’re actually up to, and I let you know when…

Let’s hope we’ll know more about the game during the year – at next E3 maybe!

The BJ actor speaks about the next Wolfenstein

In an interview to the Two Left Sticks website about the next Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, where he’s not only a voice actor, but also one of the writers of the game, Brian Bloom, who also impersonated BJ Blazkowicz in Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Old Blood – and also the killer in the A-Team movie in 2010 -, spoke about his work on the BJ character in a possible sequel of the games:

I’ll be safe with this answer. If you look at Bethesda’s E3 2016 lineup there was a title hinted at in a cool way. It sparked a bit of wildfire. That subtle, very simple DOS language, going through the titles. Perhaps we’re working on that as we speak.

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About the fate of BJ after The New Order, and what he would like to do with this character:

Whoever B.J. Blaskowicz was, in the content we have so far, he’s the articulation of a promise not kept; a country that surrendered while he was in a coma. He’s fighting a war on his own with a very small group of people, completely outgunned and out-manned. A world taken over by scourge of racism, nazism, and fascism. Anya and their relationship in many ways is B.J. attempting to give redemption to the dream lost. Those ideals that he has that might be idealistic – marriage, children, living in a free world. It’s all part of who he is. Putting my own feelings aside, and giving the audience all room to have their own feelings about this. I think we can agree that his core convictions are related to that kind of loyalty.

Brian won’t tell anything more as he doesn’t want to violate any NDA. He seems very much involved in the games and characters he’s working on. It seems to confirm the development of the next Wolfenstein game, some months after the revelation from the actress playing Anya. Wait&see!

What will be the next Wolfenstein game?

Even if there was no announcement of a new Wolfenstein game this year by Bethesda, we could see a reference to a new “Wolfenstein: The New Colossus” in the trailer of Quake Champions during last E3, that’s all. We also know thanks to an actress that MachineGames is working on a new Wolfenstein game, months after they said they would like to continue working on the franchise.

So why teasing the game without announcing anything during E3 as well as during last QuakeCon? Here is my idea: after several very good old-school FPS in the Wolfenstein series – with The New Order and The Old Blood – as well as with Doom, Bethesda should continue its work on the Quake series, with Champions for the multiplayer part – heavily inspired by Quake 3 -, but certainly with another solo game that would bring us back to the world of Stroggs, more than 10 years after a disappointing Quake 4 by Raven, and 3 first legendary games. MachineGames has also said they would like to be part of it.

So what is the future of Wolfenstein? I think the next episode will be radically different from The New Order, and will be a great open-world FPS where the player will infiltrate big cities dominated by nazis in order to accomplish main and secondary quests – similarly to a Far Cry or a Borderlands game. Raven has already tried such a gameplay with their Wolfenstein game in 2009, without much success, but the idea is there. Because Wolfenstein is mainly a uchronical universe with history and science-fiction mixed together, where you can find amazings bosses and dark moments. The player could be infiltrated in a nazi Washington from the 60s (New York was hit by an atomic bomb) – without necessarily impersonating BJ Blazkowicz, who is known by his enemies and would hardly infiltrate any German city. Bethesda has a lot of experience in such games with the Fallout or even Skyrim games, and Fallout was released nearly one year ago. Wolfenstein is no more related to id Software, and Bethesda certainly wants to expand this universe and try new gameplay, like what Blizzard did with its Warcraft series – going from RTS games to a MMORPG. We’ll see!

(Almost) no new Wolfenstein at E3…

During the conference of Bethesda at E3, many games where shown, including Quake Champions, Dishonored 2, The Elder Scrolls Online, but no new Wolfenstein game… but if you closely looked at the very first picture of the show, before the Quake Champions trailer was launched via a kind of DOS prompt command, you could read all the id Sofware games…

You could read “Wolf3D” for Wolfenstein 3-D, “New_Order” for Wolfenstein: The New Order, “Old_Blood” for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, with their release date on the right… but also “New_Colossus”, with no release date! Could it be the next Wolfenstein game MachineGames is working on, called “The New Colossus”?

Polygon found a good explanation for this title: “The phrase happens to be the title of an Emma Lazarus poem that is inscribed on a plaque at the Statue of Liberty. At the end of Wolfenstein: The New Order, protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz gives a monologue that evokes Lazarus’ sonnet.“.

We’ll certainly get more info at the next QuakeCon in August!

In the meantime, you can watch the very promising trailer of Quake Champions, the new multiplayer FPS from id Sofware exclusive to PC gamers!

And… during the conference of Ubisoft, you could also discover new exclusive videos from Watch_Dogs 2, a massive open world game… on which I’m currently working as an AI programmer in Ubisoft Montreal. Enjoy!

Rumor: A new Wolfenstein game under development at MachineGames

The Polish actress Alicja Bachleda-Curuś, who played and voiced Anya in Wolfenstein: The New Order, spoke about her work on the Wolfenstein games to a Polish TV, and revealed by mistake that she was working on a sequel of the game for MachineGames studio:

I’m working on a video game, first part of which I have already made. Now we’re making a second one, which will take two more years.

I played this game [Wolf3D] as a child. I was very happy when I got to the point where I could shoot Hitler.

So we can expect a new Wolfenstein game in 2017, still developed by MachineGames and published by Bethesda. In many interviews over the last year, MachineGames told that they would be very pleased to work on a new Wolfenstein game, and that they already had many ideas about it. With the success of their work on the Wolfenstein games with Bethesda, it would have been very strange if they wouldn’t have been authorized to do it!

Note that it seems to be a curse for MachineGames: in 2013, an ADR Engineer put on his CV that he was working on a new Wolfenstein game… 3 months before the official announcement of Wolfenstein: The New Order!

Interview of the music composer of Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Old Blood

Mick Gordon has been recently interviewed by the polish website GameMusic about his work on the music of Wolfenstein: The New Order – and not about The Old Blood curiously…

A great interview where he explains how free and inspired he was for the game, praising the work of MachineGames and the good idea of having special “Nazi sixties” hits from the fictional Neumond Classics publisher.

New screenshots of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (and new life!)

If you haven’t finished the game yet, here is a collection of new screenshots from the game (with French texts), taken by me althrough my journey from the dark corners of the Castle Wolfenstein to the streets of the village of Wulfburg… A great and intense moment you should really experience by yourself!

And after having completed Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, I will live soon another great experience: I’ll start working soon for the Ubisoft Montreal game studio as a AI programmer on a great unannounced project – not a Wolfenstein game, unfortunately! Be sure I’ll do my best to deliver you another great game like this one!