German stance on Nazi iconography in games softens

Germany has always been very severe against anything related to nazi iconography in video games. So the developers of the Wolfenstein games had to release some special versions of their games where the nazi symbols were replaced by some neutral symbols, and any reference to Hitler removed.

These rules didn’t apply to movies, where the rules were far less strict than for video games. But the German games regulation organization (USK) has announced that video games will now be authorized to represent such symbols after an analysis of each game, and how these symbols are used – for some artistic purposes like Wolfenstein.

You can read more details about this on MCV, or on this blog post of the German game developers association.

Here is a comparison of the regular and censored versions of Wolfenstein: The New Order by Eurogamer:

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!

Humble Bundle: Bethesda Weekend Sale

During the whole weekend (until Monday at midnight), the Humble Store sells a special bundle with plenty of Bethesda games with great discounts. You can find Wolfenstein: The Old Blood with a 40% discount at $11.99 and Wolfenstein: The New Order with a 66% discount at $20.39, but also Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Wolfenstein 3-D + Spear of Destiny with a 66% discount too at respectively $3.39 and $1.69. There are also plenty of other fantastic games and DLC from id Software (Quake, Doom, Rage) and Bethesda (The Elder Scrolls, Dishonored, Fallout, Brink, The Evil Within, …).

And if you buy one of these games via the Humble Store, 10% of your purchase will support a charity, so it’s definitely worth it!

Play the next Doom alpha thanks to Wolfenstein: The New Order

If you bought Wolfenstein: The New Order before the 26th of May 2014, you can subscribe to the internal alpha test of the multiplayer part of the upcoming Doom game, as explained in the picture below:

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The selection of players will be very limited for the alpha test, but not for the beta, which will be more widely opened to all those who bought Wolfenstein: The New Order. With this test, id Software and Bethesda will verify that the servers and the game can handle a massive load of players without any technical issues – which might not be the case, as we’re still in alpha stage!

The official site of Doom indicates that the test will be done on the industrial-themed map “Heatwave” in a 6 vs 6 team deathmatch, where one player might be turned into the Revenant demon and chase other players, who will fight him using 6 weapons – including the powerful Gauss Cannon – and 2 equipment items (see the full list on the official site).

We can definitely assume that such multiplayer games will be great when we see some footage from the solo game!

 

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.