Bethesda: "Shooting Nazis never gets old"

That's why the Wolfenstein series has enduring appeal, Bethesda marketing executive Pete Hines says.

The reason the Wolfenstein series has such enduring appeal is because killing Nazis is a timeless activity, Bethesda marketing executive Pete Hines explained in a new interview.

"Shooting Nazis never gets old," Hines told CVG.

The next entry in the acclaimed Wolfenstein series is Wolfenstein: The New Order, which was developed by MachineGames and launches this May for consoles and PC.

Hines explained that MachineGames has been able to take some of core ideas of the Wolfenstein franchise and then "reimagine" them in the vein of other genres developers enjoy working on. This all comes together to form unique experience, Hines said.

"They've taken elements of character and storytelling, different types of gameplay, exploration, player choice, some RPG stuff, and layered all that into the kind of games they've made," Hines said.

Elsewhere in the interview, Hines said developers at id Software--the studio that created the Wolfenstein series--have gotten a chance to playtest Wolfenstein: The New Order and provide feedback. "They like the new direction and how MachineGames has evolved it," Hines said.

Wolfenstein: The New Order does not feature a multiplayer mode, which isn't much of a surprise when you consider some of Bethesda's biggest games--Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Dishonored--are all singleplayer affairs. Hines said Bethesda wasn't willing to add multiplayer to The New Order unless it made sense for the game they were making.

"We've obviously had a lot of success doing singleplayer games, and as a result we may just have a different view, but we don't think adding a feature just for the feature's sake is the right approach," Hines said. "You spend a lot of time doing that and it's not free: you have to hire the people to do that, you have to spend all that time polishing, and that time could be spent continuously improving a singleplayer experience. That's always been our approach and I don't see that changing."

Wolfenstein: The New Order launches May 20 across Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. For more, be sure to check out GameSpot's hands-on preview of the game from editor Maxwell McGee.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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glacius_x
glacius_x

I still don't understand why they didn't put in MP as good as the MP was on wolf for the original Xbox/PC. The last gen version was pretty awful though. The campaigns were always solid but never went though them more than once, so I don't see dishing out anything more than a rental truth be told.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

"Shooting Nazis never gets old".

Yeah they may be right there but that sure doesn't mean adding it in a game is a magic fix-all ingredient.

I didn't really like the last game.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I read that the Bethesda PR person Angela Ramsay confirmed this Wolfenstein will be 1080p 60fps on both next gen consoles. Unsure if Gamespot had announced it yet (it doesn't matter to me, but they seem to post news about resolutions all the time). Didn't know if anyone was interested.

commando1992
commando1992

A FPS without multiplayer? Madness. Sheer, brilliant madness. I might just have to get this game. 

hadlee73
hadlee73

Nazis haven't been pulling their weight lately. Its time for the Zombies, Mercenaries, Aliens and Animals to have a break.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"that time could be spent continuously improving a singleplayer experience. That's always been our approach and I don't see that changing" That's why I like Bethesda and if they keep that approach I don't see that changing.

sephirothsfan02
sephirothsfan02

What kind of retarded statement is this? The FPS and zombie genre are oversaturated. I've never liked Bethesda and think their games are horrible in almost every aspect.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Shooting Nazis never gets old" That's why we got so many WW2 games during the previous decade, that you could fill a whole bunker with them. WW2-focused games are still being made, but the rate at which they're made isn't as crazy as it used to be.

Sozialminister
Sozialminister

it never gets old to shoot my grandfather? :*(


^^

josh7845
josh7845

If that's so then what happened to that surplus of WW2 shooters that were saturating the market?

Revenant_K
Revenant_K

I'm not sure about their statement but I'm sure their game's graphic is getting very very old.

NoahRoalson
NoahRoalson

Actually, it does. Not all Germans were Nazis and not all Nazis agreed with the "final solution". As long as we portray our enemies like this Americans will have no respect for others them, especially those Americans too stupid to think for themselves. I have nothing against WWII shooters, I actually love them. However, can we at least respect both sides for once?

nurnberg
nurnberg

Let's see if the sales of that game prove he is right or not.

Deano
Deano

i'm not buying it, since I think it's offensive to germans, gotta keep that propaganda machine going

rmiller365
rmiller365

I think shooting anything is old at this point.

nigelholden
nigelholden

The original call of duty for PC was awesome. But that soon wore thin and I was sick of the franchise soon after modern warfare. I tried to play a few more WWII shooters but was bored. Same with zombie games now. It's just been done so much. But that's just my taste. If people still like to play those games, more power to them. 

MajorasMask00
MajorasMask00

Meh. 1942RP in gmod is much better for shooting and playing as Nazis. Anyone here that has gmod should try it out!

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

I enjoy World War II games.  In fact, I've been waiting anxiously for ENEMY FRONT for years, but...  I tried hard to enjoy WOLFENSTEIN, but it just wasn't very good, and WOLFENSTEIN THE NEW ORDER looks even cheesier and more disposable.    

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

I'm very intrigued as to how this plays. Haven't played any Wolfenstein for a while, so this should keep me interested whilst there's still life in the franchise yet.

Tao_and_Zen
Tao_and_Zen

Yes, it does get old. But maybe this game has enough else to offer to make it good.

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

Apparently this guy didn't play any FPS between 1995 and 2005.

lostn
lostn

With John Carmack gone, id is done. I can't see them creating new engines with him gone. What are they going to do next? License Unreal? Do they still make games?

hardeddie
hardeddie

'And that time could be spent continuously improving a singleplayer experience. That's always been our approach and I don't see that changing." Hmm I like this approach, but your games are always full of parasites and bugs! Talk is cheap Bethesda.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@josh7845 Capitalism took care of that. With too much supply and too little demand, the supply will eventually decrease. Although, it's not fool-proof, we still haven't solved the influx of MMO's or other trends.

gruoch1
gruoch1

@NoahRoalson I agree, and not all German soldiers were Nazis. but he didn't say "shooting Germans never gets old." I think he did distinguish that it was Nazis he was referring to, and not Germans as a people. That being said, I cannot and will not ever feel sympathy towards true Nazis.

theprismhead
theprismhead

@NoahRoalson How is that relevant? We aren't shooting germans but nazis. And you want respect for the nazis? Seriously?

NoahRoalson
NoahRoalson

@shahdeewasahoe @NoahRoalson  Are you serious? Do you really think that all Germans in the 40's were Nazis? That would be like saying that all Americans are Democrats because out leader is of that party. Unless your were laughing at how obvious my statement was you may want to get educated more on this particular topic.

Verenti
Verenti

@theprismhead @NoahRoalson Oh, I didn't realise that Nationalsozialisten were Americans. "We aren't shooting Germans, but particular Germans." In that case, let's brutally purge them from society and legitimise their treatment of the Jews by treating them in kind.

After all, my political views oppose their political views, ergo they are subhuman and can be shot for cheap entertainment.

lostn
lostn

@coolguy6127 What happens when the current idtech engine gets outdated? Will they make new engines or make a new Quake/Doom with Unreal?

I actually think a Doom game is irrelevant in 2014. What made that game fun at the time won't cut it anymore. Truth be told, I think id are irrelevant right now and have been for a number of years now.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@josh7845 @HurvlI thought you were trying to prove his statement/theory wrong by saying that.

shravan_perne
shravan_perne

@gruoch1  Nice to see a voice of reason..... Kudos.... Totally agree --- such jokes are not cool, are in bad taste and very offensive... 

gruoch1
gruoch1

@LilithN @gruoch1@normanislost@Rambolike@187umKILLAH No, those are not totally morally ok. I don't think people should joke about any of those things. Of course Germans are not evil, but Nazis are pretty much as close to evil as someone can get no matter where they're from.

LilithN
LilithN

@gruoch1 @normanislost @Rambolike @187umKILLAH  Ok then lets make jokes about the concentration camps of japaneese civilians in the US or the gulags of Stalin or the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Those are totally morally OK, right? Because all the evils originated from germans. I'm not a german, but it seems pretty one sided. 

normanislost
normanislost

@gruoch1 @normanislost @Rambolike @187umKILLAH  well i chuckled so each to their own


plus its actually a really old joke 

Rambolike
Rambolike

@187umKILLAH What is it with these Holocaust jokes?  You're a sick f*ck.  You and the first commenter need help.  Seek it before it's too late.