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Wolfenstein returns. Bethesda Softworks confirms today that Wolfenstein: The New Order will be coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and “next-generation consoles” in Q4 2013. The press release describes the game as a “reimagining” of the seminal first-person shooter series, from the Uppsala, Sweden based studio, MachineGames.
The text underneath a reveal trailer posted on GameSpot confirms that series protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz makes a return. The trailer doesn’t offer any gameplay details, but we can speculate a bit based on what’s shown. The all-CG clip follows an automated assembly line as an elaborate steampunk-style mech is assembled, while Jimi Hendrix’s ‘All Along the Watchtower’ plays in the background. Silhouetted imagery suggests that the action involves making war in both London and New York City.
MachineGames was founded in 2009 by a group of Starbreeze vets and later acquired by ZeniMax in 2010. Creative director Jens Matthies, who worked on both The Darkness and The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay back at Starbreeze, expressed his excitement for The New Order in a prepared statement.
“We are excited to bring a new chapter of Wolfenstein to gamers everywhere,” Matthies said. “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 fans proud.”
This appears to be the first announced project for MachineGames. Bethesda’s reveal of the studio acquisition in November 2010 included confirmation that the studio is working with the id Tech 5 engine, first seen in id Software’s Rage. From the look of things, it’s been roughly three years of development time for The New Order.