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No Multiplayer for new Wolfenstein

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There’s a new Nazi-killing simulator in the Wolfenstein series coming to PC as well as current and next gen consoles next year. for people who grew up killing a mechanised Hitler, that’s pretty good news. It’s being developed by Machinegames, a new studio comprised mostly of former Riddick developers Starbreeze. And in an unusual move for a FPS in these modern, connected times it won’t feature multiplayer, at all.

That’s according to Gamespot, who chatted to Machinegames creative director Jens Matthies, who seems to have a bit of a soft spot for the franchise as a whole.

“It’s such a huge part of video game legacy,” he said. “If there’s a video game museum, Wolfenstein is in the first room. It’s the start of the wave that shaped the world of gaming.”

“On a personal level, I played this when I was younger and it was mind-blowing,” Matthies added. “I never then of course dreamed that I was going to be working with it. It’s both an honor and a legacy.”

Starbreeze had a knack for creating dark and engaging worlds, something I’m sure Machinegames will carry forward. I’m certainly up for a shooter without an unnecessary multiplayer element – particularly if it means a deep and engaging single player experience.

Maybe publishers are finally turning on to the fact that no multiplayer is going to dethrone the heavyweights like Call of Duty and Battlefield; people might play your game’s multiplayer for a quick break, but inevitably they’ll go back to what they know. On the other hand, maybe skipping multiplayer means we’ll not get the next “big thing.”

Do you think the lack of multiplayer is a good or bad thing?

Last Updated: May 9, 2013


  1. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    May 9, 2013 at 09:52

    Good thing.


  2. LordCaptainAwesomeness

    May 9, 2013 at 09:52

    All i can say is


  3. umar bastra

    May 9, 2013 at 09:54

    Good news!!!


  4. Lourens Jordaan

    May 9, 2013 at 09:56

    I’m impressed that they’re not going to be wasting resources on multiplayer. If you don’t have a great idea on how to keep MP players interested, its a waste of money. Rather use that to further the SP campaign.

    On the other hand, since this game is set within an alternate universe 1960’ish, we may see some interesting mishmash of tech which could have lead to a fresh and engaging MP.



    May 9, 2013 at 09:57

    GOOD! Leave multiplayer to the Zombies who likes to kill Zombies.


  6. Admiral Chief Combat Engineer

    May 9, 2013 at 09:57

    Header kak funny!!!


  7. Admiral Chief Combat Engineer

    May 9, 2013 at 09:57



  8. Admiral Chief Combat Engineer

    May 9, 2013 at 09:58

    Its not a good thing, its an EPIC THING!!!


  9. Admiral Chief Combat Engineer

    May 9, 2013 at 10:02

    this is how he should feel:


  10. Lardus

    May 9, 2013 at 10:10

    Bold move. Perhaps a bit risky. I would not be surprised or object if they add multiplayer later on, as long as the single player experience is solid.


  11. Rince da Ref Lvl2

    May 9, 2013 at 10:16

    GOOD! About time. But who am I going to swear at now 🙁


  12. Tbone187

    May 9, 2013 at 11:05

    If the MP negatively affects the single player experience in terms of production effort then by all means , cut it…If done properly tho, the wolfenstein concept could make for MP awesomeness…


  13. FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

    May 9, 2013 at 11:46

    I can hear PC modders bemoaning this.

    Now bring me some Quake 3 Arena, a multiplayer focused game.


    • Johan du Preez

      May 9, 2013 at 13:35

      Yes its long due and there’s is still a massive market for it, people still play quaklive to get their fix.


  14. Johan du Preez

    May 9, 2013 at 13:30

    Yay some sanity still left in the industry !!!!


  15. Wyzak

    May 9, 2013 at 14:14

    It could have been awesome with co-op multi-player.


  16. Snormossel

    May 9, 2013 at 15:47

    On a different note: Does anybody remember Rise of the Triad (ROTT)? Why doesn’t Lazygamer say something about that? That was like the very first game I played multiplayer! And it’s coming out in 2013 again!


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