In an age of persistently online games and social-gloating, Wolfenstein: The New Order is tossing all that aside to focus on being just a core single-player experience. No multiplayer, just pure Reich Said Fred action with a story to tell. And it’ll be worth replaying according to its developers.
Over on a Reddit Ask Me Anything, creative director Jens Matthies explained that the latest Wolfenstein das reboot would offer players an alternate timeline to explore once the shooter was clocked. “This game is exclusive single-player, but we’ve built in lots of replay value,” Matthies explained.
Most notably is that the player makes a choice early on the outcome of which opens up an alternate time line which changes the vibe of the story. It’s recommended to do a second play through and see what would have happened if you chose differently.
I don’t want to give any spoilers, but it changes the vibe of the story to a degree and alters the gameplay somewhat. We think of it as an alternate ending, but instead of it just affecting the final cinematic, it affects the tone of the whole game a little bit.
As for how long that first playthrough would last, Matthies explained that it could take up to 20 hours for determined treasure seeker players:
I think a single playthrough could end up close to 20 hours. But there’s also lots of incentive to make a second play through, especially to explore the alternate time line.
A modern day shooter with no multiplayer asking players to get invested in the story? Why that’s just…exactly what I want actually. Wolfenstein: The New Order looks like a great throwback to the past so far. All guns and even more glory with some new-gen shine.
It’s out on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One locally on May 23. Meine Damen und Herren.
Last Updated: May 12, 2014