I wasn’t exactly drooling with excitement when a new Wolfenstein game was announced a few months ago, especially after that last revival of the franchise which just didn’t feel Reich. However, after seeing more of what studio Machine Games has in store for that latest reboot at E3, I’m feeling pretty optimistic about it being a pretty decent game. A game that will now only be out in 2014.
Originally scheduled for a Q3 release this year, Wolfenstein: The New Order will now be out sometime in 2014 instead. Speaking to Polygon, Bethesda Softworks VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines explained that this delay was due to several factors, such as readying the game for current and next-gen platforms. "Working on next-gen and current gen definitely has an impact, you’re developing for two different things," Hines said.
The fact that the next-gen stuff is still moving is also definitely a factor. But the most important thing was definitely just looking where it was at, what they needed to polish. Because it’s just not trying to be a shooter, because it’s trying to be a shooter that also has driving elements, story elements, narrative, stealth sections — each one of those has to be excellent. It’s not just like we’re making a shooter, where if the shooting is good, then all 16 hours of the game will be good because it’s all we’re doing.
We didn’t just want to do a one-note Wolfenstein game. We wanted to make something that brought in all these elements, and as it turns out, the polish time you spend on the shooting stuff has no impact on what it feels like in the stealth part.
Wolfenstein: The New Order has been bubbling away at Machnine Games for a while now, but Bethesda wants to make certain that the game has all the time that it needs before being released. “Machine Games has been working on this game for a while," Hines said. "You don’t want to waste all that time and effort for the sake of a couple of months, if a couple of months could make all of the difference in the world."
This needs to be the best Wolfenstein game ever made, and you can’t shortcut that. It can’t have the same historical impact of Wolfenstein 3D, but it can be a better game.
I’m Preying that this is indeed the case for the next chapter of Wolfenstein. After all, the last time a really revolutionary game in that series was released, it was 2001 for Return to Castle Wolfenstein. And the 2009 reboot was so bad, that I did Nazi see it coming.
Ha! Thank you, I’ll be here all week!
Last Updated: August 5, 2013