People have certain expectations when it comes to lucrative and symbolic game franchises like Wolfenstein. They expect Nazis. They expect BJ Blazkowicz. And since the franchise is now back in its more modern form, Wolfenstein: The New Order from Machine Games, we figured it was a good time to have a chat with the game’s creative director, Jens Matthies.
And that’s exactly what we did… in case you were worried or something.
“The New Order is sort of an action/adventure shooter that takes place in the 1960s. Nazis have won the war using some kind of mysterious technology, which they’ve implemented into their war machine – and BJ Blazkowicz has been in a coma for 14 years. And he wakes up in this strange new world where the Nazis rule.
We’re all very much fans, especially of Wolfenstein 3D, which was such a revolution, so mind-blowing when you saw the world through the character’s eyes, so we really wanted to honor the legacy of that. So we took our cues from BJ, from Wolfenstein 3D and we made him [BJ] older – he’s still sort of this Nazi-ass-kicking, killing machine… but he’s got a lot of depth to him as well.”
Wolfenstein: The New Order is slated for release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and next-generation consoles in 2014. If you need more Wolfenstein (but somehow haven’t gotten enough since the game’s initial release in 1981), you could always go back and play Wolfenstein 2009.
It’s not a recommendation, but it’s a suggestion nonetheless.