In the German version of Wolfenstein: The New Order, Nazis are called the Regime

Bethesda marketing executive Pete Hines adds that all swastikas will be removed because "they have a thing about Nazis there"; explains why the game does not have multiplayer.

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Upcoming first-person shooter Wolfenstein: The New Order will be censored in Germany because "they have a thing about Nazis there," Bethesda marketing executive Pete Hines told GameSpot in a new video interview from PAX East. You can watch the full interview below.

"They're a little touchy," Hines said. "And so [the Nazis] are called the Regime in Wolfenstein in Germany and it's actually...I'm pretty sure this is the first Wolfenstein game that will ever be released in Germany, but it's completely stripped of all the constitutionally banned content."

The "constitutionally banned content" Hines is referring to is likely all Nazi imagery, including swastikas. Ubisoft ran into the same issue with the German version of South Park: The Stick of Truth. We have yet to see the German version of Wolfenstein: The New Order, but Hines says the "Regime" you'll fight in that version still look Aryan and speak with German accents.

Also during our interview with Hines, we quizzed him about the controversial fact that Wolfenstein: The New Order will not have a multiplayer mode, despite multiplayer being a trademark for past entries in the beloved series.

"We believe that if multiplayer fits and it's part of what you're trying to create, you should absolutely do it. But if it's not, for god's sake leave it out."

"For a lot of other publishers that would probably be a trickier question to answer, but Bethesda stands defiantly in support of single-player stuff," Hines said. "Fallout 3, Skyrim, Dishonored, Evil Within, Wolfenstein. We believe that if multiplayer fits and it's part of what you're trying to create, you should absolutely do it. But if it's not, for god's sake leave it out. Stop shoehorning into stuff that has no business being there [cheers from audience]. And ultimately, Machine Games knows single-player. And this is the kind of game they wanted to create, and so we just never really had a conversation about multiplayer. It's like, 'All right, if that's not what you're making, let's just make this the best that we can,' and that's what we're doing."

Hines said he believes there is a major contingent of gamers today that still enjoy "robust" single-player experiences. He pointed out that one of his favorite games from last year was Naughty Dog's The Last of Us, and even though it did have a multiplayer mode, he said he never played it, and he still felt like it was the "best money I spent last year."

One issue that does crop up, however, with single-player games is that people won't continue to play them unless they have a reason to. A multiplayer mode is often looked at as a means to meet this desire, but it's not the only way, Hines said. He teased that Bethesda may soon announce an all-new game mode for Wolfenstein: The New Order that you'll unlock after gathering every collectible.

"Replayability obviously is an important thing. Extending what you're getting for your money is something we're very well aware of," Hines said. "There's a couple of different things we're doing. One is a mode we're not actually talking about yet, although I am lobbying for us to talk about it soon, but there's a collectible aspect in the game, and once you play any particular chapter, you can go back and replay it if you want to find the collectibles you missed. And if you find all the collectibles, you unlock this cool new mode, and when I actually convince everybody to start talking about it, you'll be like, 'That is super cool, and I want to find all the collectibles just to try that mode.'"

Wolfenstein: The New Order launches May 20 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. Preordering the game will guarantee you access to the upcoming Doom beta, though it will be available only on the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

234 comments
Naswari
Naswari

ok then what should we'll call Israel Army after Gaza children butchery......??????

t3ero2zero
t3ero2zero

say what you must about nazis ..but they still had nice boots.

if there was a game about the slave trade it would be banned all over the world


therealzorvan
therealzorvan

So the German people still can't face the facts of what their countrymen and government did, so they just want to pretend it didn't happen. That would be like us in America censoring everything so we could pretend we didn't kill and irradiate thousands in Japan with nuclear bombs.


You don't prevent future "mistakes" by ignoring, diluting, and falsifying past ones.


Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

"They're a little touchy,"  GEE I WONDER WHY.

futureops
futureops

I cant stop laughing when I listen to germans voices, they sound like robots. 

highpitcairn
highpitcairn

It is just me or this game remind me Of new World Order Theory

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

Why do they censor games, but movies are all fine? I mean, remember Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? Swastikas all over, and the "regime" was called Nazis..just one example.

Pewbert
Pewbert

Hiding the word "Nazi" will not make their history go away.

willychong8921
willychong8921

Censoring the swastika and aryan bad parts, pretty sad.

But not implementing unnecessary mutiplayer = I approve, this game i will get!

Vienreich
Vienreich

in american version they'll probably call it "the communists"

ElAmericano
ElAmericano

 "they have a thing about Nazis there"

That's quite the euphenism.

rhymesmatter
rhymesmatter

Bravo good lad ... BRAVO! You just proved a point for all those mainstream gamers that want multiplayer with everything they touch thinking that's the way all games should be played! This is usually RPG territory (Single player i mean) but if you feel that the Wolfenstein you made is meant to be a single player experience then i applaud you for sticking to this idea and not being influenced by other companies like i don;t know EA FOR EXAMPLE forcing the CoD way in every single game their developers publish! Props to Bethesda too for not being EA in the first place.I will buy and play Wolfenstein for sure.

thorn3000
thorn3000

"they have a thing about Nazis there," - this guy is a marketing executive??? don't tell me that could have not been said better!

MJV1989
MJV1989

I don't think censorship is ever a good thing, who are they trying to protect? Just tell the truth and let people make their own opinions and decisions afterwards. Denying something doesn't change the fact that it happened...

hitomo
hitomo

'but that's not really fair to newer generations to carry the burden of their forefathers as they seem to'


it IS fair, other nations should do the same ...

lord_mcmutton
lord_mcmutton

Quite unrelated, but in the preview image for the video at the article's end, is that character with the sword and shield from something?

RaveNRolla
RaveNRolla

I wouldn't read too much into that. It's just a fact that we Germans have very strict laws for Video games. A loooooooot of games get censored heavily or banned entirely, including resident evil and the like.That's why most People in Germany get those games from Austria or the Netherlands. As will most German Gamers who are going to buy Wolfenstein. It is simply very hard to get permissions to show swastikas in any form of Entertainment in Germany. The 1st Wolfenstein, which was (or still is?) banned in Germany has always been a very popular game. 

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

"We believe that if multiplayer fits and it's part of what you're trying to create, you should absolutely do it. But if it's not, for god's sake leave it out."


Nothing else to add. I just really like that quote. Respect, Mr. Hines. 

RobDev
RobDev

screw multiplayer. No need for it to be on EVERY game. Leave it to the games that do it well and focus on a really good single player campaign.

PsychoChick966
PsychoChick966

I only play single-player games..  never touch the multiplayer with one exception in recent months, and that was GTAV.  Back "in the day" it was Half-Life.  Otherwise, I'm really not interested in multiplayer, and out of all of the gamers I'm friends with, I only know one who plays multiplayer with any regularity.  So I do hope more developers remember that there ARE players out here like me.  

dani_i89
dani_i89

Hines....you legend. Agree 120% about the multiplayer stuff. In saying that, it's kinda sad that we have to applaud seemingly obvious decisions developers should be making, i.e not shoehorning MP into games, and actually, you know, not releasing games unfinished. Making a standard good decision should just be the common standard.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

I would have just renamed it to something really stupid. kind of like what we did in school when doge ball was banned. we called just called it love rainbow ball toss. The teacher let us play again.

Pelezinho777
Pelezinho777

Person with different view on life killed somebody. Not that he is killer, though... 

delta-unit-4
delta-unit-4

Hey, I'm German and I'm not touchy with swastikas, but our government is it. I have played Call of Dute 3 and it does not bother me (is the spelling right?). I like Wolfenstein and also want to play this and Sniper Elite V2. (I hope my spelling is correctly ^-^)

MXVIII
MXVIII

You know, Im actually okay with this. The Germans never referred to themselves as The Nazis, they referred to themselves as Der Reich during WWII. Der Reich in loose translation is "The Regime". So whatever it works.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

No multiplayer and now folding under political correctness? Count me out, you can keep this half assed mess

Onvi
Onvi

The Regime = The Nazis.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

Last year's E3 showing was rather underwhelming, but everything I've seen and read of the game since then has been so damn fantastic that it's taken me from barely interested to totally stoked.  Honestly, I don't think I've been this excited about an FPS campaign since Half-Life 2.

Shin_Gallon
Shin_Gallon

@t3ero2zero The Nazis were the most evil people in history, but DAMN did they have nice uniforms.

whyiscrowdpurpl
whyiscrowdpurpl

@therealzorvan The Japanese don`t teach much about Japan`s involvement in WWII in schools and neither do Germans. Go figure how you can make any sense out of WWII without those two!

Duke_51
Duke_51

@therealzorvan To be fair, it's not often you hear about Canada and America eradicating thousands of Native Indians either.. and that went on even well into the 20th century.

ydwang
ydwang

@rhymesmatter COD is from Activision, not EA. While EA have their MP titles like Battlefield they don't only focus on them. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Dead Space are exellent Singler Player games in my opinion.


I don't get why it's so hip to bash EA for everything, every negative thing they did are amplified while the good stuff ignored. Makes no sense.

dalepickstock
dalepickstock

@MJV1989 Your forgetting that the WW wasn't that long ago so their are still a lot of people in Germany with family who fought in the war. The representation of Nazis and the cult it has become in todays generation didn't account for the majority of soldiers who fought. There were good people on both sides who fought and died and this game (even though I enjoyed it) isn't a portrayal of that. Plus the purpose of a game is to hate the enemies enough to want to kill them its hard when that's part of your heritage.

The Point showcased this a few weeks ago - a good watch!

RAGEofSTUNTS
RAGEofSTUNTS

@hitomo How is it fair to force someone to carry your burden just because they are related to you or live in the same area when you have no control over any of that?

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

@hitomo It should be prevalent and known, as not to repeat it, but shouldn't be a burden placed on generations that follow. For example, black culture doesn't let anyone ever forget slavery. Ever.

Logan303
Logan303

Just a side note: How did "campaign" become the default term for "single player?" "Campaign" is a military term and was originally used in military shooters to differentiate between multi-player and the single player mode, where the player completed a literal campaign, going from battle to battle as in a war. It doesn't make any sense to use it to refer to the single-player portion of non-military games. Just a nit picky point, sorry.

RElKO57
RElKO57

@PsychoChick966 i agree, multiplayer is just weak, the internet isn't ready for multiplayer just yet, too much lag, i don't know if i won or lost based on skill or connection, just a waste of time.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@dani_i89  Well, you know how it goes.  One company makes a damned good multiplayer-focused shooter and suddenly everyone has to go me-too, not understanding WHY people like that damned good multiplayer shooter.  Thus, millions are wasted on a part of the game that won't matter even half a week after release, and empty servers are maintained at least for a year, costing more money.


Meanwhile, Zenimax laughs all the way to six different banks with their single-player focused games.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@delta-unit-4  Correct me if I'm wrong since I'm only looking from a distance, but it seems like the collective of German society seems to sport a massive guilt trip over WW2 and the like.


Indeed it was horrible, and it shouldn't be made light or forgotten, but that's not really fair to newer generations to carry the burden of their forefathers as they seem to.

trenthilker
trenthilker

Yes your spelling was good! The only mistake was the word correctly should have been correct. Es ist cool, Sie sprechen Englisch. Ich bin Amerikaner und habe auf meiner deutschen gearbeitet. Haben Sie in Deutschland leben? Aufenthaltsort? Ich bin wirklich aufgeregt für wolfenstein.

delta-unit-4
delta-unit-4

sorry, I mean Call of Duty :D / and it does not bother me to kill Nazis (some words with google translator :D)

drinner
drinner

@RElKO57 @PsychoChick966 I could not agree more with all of you guys!  I'm SOOO SICK of this whole "multiplayer is where it's at" nonsense that game companies are driving at!  There is SO much power in the art of a single player story that will never be conveyed in the multiplayer format.  I praise companies like I.D. and Bethesda who still understand this idea.

RaveNRolla
RaveNRolla

@trenthilker ye stop using Google translater for whole sentences :P . you probably mean '..und habe an meinem Deutsch gearbeitet' (if you mean you worked on the language). Props for trying tho!!

RaveNRolla
RaveNRolla

@trenthilker You worked on 'your female German'? that's sounds perverted mate :) I hope she was good