MachineGames is developing a re-imagining of the Wolfenstein game franchise titled Wolfenstein: The New Order. In this re-imagining, the Nazis won World War II and it’s up to B.J. Blazkowicz to make them regret that. The year is 1960 and B.J. Blazkowicz must once again single-handedly take on the entire Nazi regime. Players will infiltrate Nazi fortifications while battling legions of enemies that managed to take over the world. Only by gaining control of the same super weapons the Nazis used to take control and dominate Earth will B.J. Blazkowicz stand a chance.
MachineGames was established in 2009 and is made up of former Starbreeze Studios members. ZeniMax Media purchased MachineGames in 2010 and the studio is now hard at work on Wolfenstein: The New Order using id Software’s id Tech 5 technology.
“We are excited to bring a new chapter of Wolfenstein to gamers everywhere,” Jens Matthies, creative director of the Sweden-based MachineGames, said in a statement. “As fans of the series, working on this game is an honor, and our team is driven to create an unforgettable action-adventure experience that will make FPS [first-person shooter] fans proud.”
The video is narrated by B.J. Blazkowicz and he explains that the Nazis won the war, hinting at the games re-imagined story. The video also shows the army of machines the Nazis used to take over the world as Jimi Hendrix’s All Along the Watchtower plays in the background. Wolfenstein has always had a supernatural element to it that was supposed to give the Nazis the edge in World War II. In reality Heinrich Himmler dabbled in the occult but never got far with it. In Wolfenstein: The New Order, it will be interesting to see if the Nazis still follow the supernatural to win of if they won through mechanized brute force.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2013 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and next gen consoles.