New comics on Wolfenstein coming soon

Bethesda has announced via twitter that a new graphic novels series about Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus would be published soon by Titan Comics, with these expanations:

Dive headfirst into the alternate Nazi-occupied universe of Wolfenstein as B.J. Blazkowicz returns to take on the Nazis in Titan Comics’ new series. Can he stop the march of goose-stepping boots? Or will the sinister Hans Hartmann get in his way?

First previews of Wolfenstein II

Some journalists got the opportunity to try the first 20 minutes of the game at the Bethesda lounge of the E3 expo, and give their (very positive) impression in some previews, like GameInformer, Polygon, IGN, PC Gamer, GamesRadar, and many others…

Here are the feedbacks of OutsideXBox in video:

And during the E3, another FPS got a lot of attention: Far Cry 5. And if I write about it, it’s because I have worked on this game for several months! Here is a video introducing the game:

MarchineGames presents Wolfenstein II

Bethesda has posted a video of the developers of the game Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, MachineGames, explaining the plot of the game, the weapons, what motivates BJ Blazkowicz, and how the studio is involved in this project

We can also see some more excerpts from the game, including a shooting sequence with BJ in wheelchair!

Another video about the collector edition of the game has been posted, with an old-school ad for a live-action figure of BJ – aka Terror Billy!

Reveal of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Sunday, Bethesda finally revealed the first trailer of the new Wolfenstein game, called Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus:

BJ Blazkowicz is back! He survived after his assault of the castle of Wolfenstein, where he defeated Deathshead, but he’s hunted by an old enemy: Frau Engel! He will be helped in his task by some old friends, like Anya – who is pregnant of him -, Fergus and Max, and with some new abilities like an armor from the ancient technology of Da’at Yichud. And he will travel in a lot of places, like in New York or Louisiana invaded by nazis.

Here is the description on the official page of the game:

Proving that you can’t keep a good gun-totin’, hatchet-wieldin’, Nazi-killin’ badass down, BJ Blazkowicz is back in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. The sequel to the critically acclaimed shooter from award-winning studio MachineGames was announced at the Bethesda E3 2017 showcase, and will be available on October 27, 2017, on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Set in America in 1961, The New Colossus will take BJ (dubbed “Terror-Billy” by the Nazis) from post-nuclear Manhattan to small-town Roswell to the bayous and boulevards of New Orleans and beyond, as he leads the Resistance against the Nazi occupation of his beloved country.

But this isn’t just the riveting tale of one man’s mission to build a movement and fight the evil that’s overtaken his nation. BJ must also rebuild himself. After barely surviving the assassination of Nazi General Deathshead at the end of Wolfenstein: The New Order, BJ begins his exhilarating adventure while still recovering from his extensive injuries. Bloody but unbowed, he soon finds himself fully restored and stronger than ever. Along the way, BJ will mow down anyone in his path using an awesome arsenal of high-tech weaponry, including the Laserkraftwerk (perfect for disintegrating Nazi goons) or the Dieselkraftwerk (built to blast a bunch of enemies with gas-powered grenades). BJ can also get up close and personal using the new hatchet – because there’s nothing more satisfying than slamming a handheld ax into the crunchy cranium of a vile Nazi commandant.

Whatever weapons he chooses to use, BJ can not only dual-wield anything from advanced pistols and submachine guns (or any combo of his powerful armaments), but he can upgrade those weapons as well – allowing for even more versatility when it comes to everyone’s favorite pastime: killing Nazis.

And he’ll need every weapon he can find, because this time it’s even more personal. Not only is BJ fighting to take back his homeland, but he’s doing it alongside old friends (including returning favorites like Caroline, Bombate, Set, Max Hass, Fergus or Wyatt, and his now-pregnant partner Anya). These allies – along with new characters like Horton and Grace – will help BJ take down the villainous Frau Engel and her Nazi army, and spark the second American Revolution, ensuring there’s a future for the burgeoning Blazkowicz family.

A world-class shooter with gripping gameplay, compelling characters and a captivating story, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus puts you into the Nazi-stomping boots of BJ Blazkowicz and lets you unleash your inner war hero. Whether you like to sneak around, run-and-gun, take a tactical approach – or all of the above – your goal remains the same: Rally the resistance and end the Nazi’s tyrannical reign in America.

We will know more about the game thanks to the previews that will be posted in the upcoming days, stay tuned!

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus leaked by Amazon

Amazon Germany has posted accidentally a page about a collector edition of the next Wolfenstein game called Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, that would be released on October 27, before removing it. This information is certainly true, as we’ll see Monday at the E3 conference of Bethesda.

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!