No multiplayer in new Wolfenstein

MachineGames' upcoming shooter will be single-player-only experience.

The upcoming Wolfenstein: The New Order from Bethesda and MachineGames will not include a multiplayer component, the studios have confirmed with GameSpot.

Instead, the current- and next-generation game will strictly be a single-player title, a responsibility MachineGames does not take lightly.

"It's such a huge part of video game legacy," creative director Jens Matthies told GameSpot in a new video preview. "If there's a video game museum, Wolfenstein is in the first room. It's the start of the wave that shaped the world of gaming."

"On a personal level, I played this when I was younger and it was mind-blowing," Matthies added. "I never then of course dreamed that I was going to be working with it. It's both an honor and a legacy."

Not all in the industry as are excited as Matthies is about the new Wolfenstein. Writing on Facebook, Deus Ex and Epic Mickey designer Warren Spector slammed the new game.

"Did the world really need another Wolfenstein game? Did we need a generically dark, monochromatic, FPS, kill-the-Nazi-giant-robot game? Uh. No. The world did not. I am so tired of stuff like this," he said. "Oh, and could we all just agree we'll never use the generic gravelly-whisper trailer voice guy ever again? And one more thing: Please stop using Jimi Hendrix to promote your adolescent male power fantasies."

Spector has since apologized for his comments.

For more on Wolfenstein: The New Order, check out the full video preview below. In addition, GameSpot will have more coverage of the game tomorrow and Friday.

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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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Discussion

406 comments
jcknapier711
jcknapier711

WTF?

Hopefully, they will come out with an addon that has multi-player and a toolset

weschik
weschik

Does Metro Last Light have MP?

weschik
weschik

Why do I get the feeling that this game might just end up feeling like Killzone 2 with Nazis? Nonetheless, I can't wait for a game play review. Here's hoping it's awesome!

strayfies
strayfies

I'm good with that.  I'd rather just see a few core FPS games that cover the multiplayer base, and the rest should focus on doing what they do best. 

Psycold
Psycold

I still own Wolfenstein 2009 on my Steam account even though you can't buy it anymore, I actually quite liked that game despite what many people said. 

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

 No multiplayer in new Wolfenstein 

Epic Fail.

SamoanGrind
SamoanGrind

Ill put money on the fact that MP is gonna come out at a later date.

Cellpwn
Cellpwn

Those who are shaming people for being unhappy about no multiplayer need to grow up. I don't even touch multiplayer in FPS's anymore, but the thing is, Return to Castle Wolfenstein's multiplayer was something else; it was the most balanced, fast-paced, childhood-defining online experience I ever had. The fact this game won't have multiplayer in any shape or form is upsetting, for I might never experience that kind of magic ever again.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Simply amazing as to what cry babies some of you ppl are about MP. 

You CAN have great SP and MP.  The MP doesn't have to be a direct translation of the SP.  It can be a loosely based on the world and mainly stick to using the games engine.  Perfect example is Half-Life.  If you whiners had your way, we'd never have had Counter-Strike or Day of Defeat.  (mod or not, its still MP)

benbonney
benbonney

Lets see if it can live upto the standards that bioshock set


lorider25
lorider25

no multiplayer = no purchase

JimWile1
JimWile1

Great!  No DLCs for Multi only!  No Multi anything.  I will buy it!

adupuis
adupuis

i don't care there no online. people like to cheat online.  i am glad its single player

adders11
adders11

If anything this better in my eyes. The developers might actually do a good job of this. I don't want one my favourite game series to become just another multiplayer shooter full of abusive players.

HyperWarlock
HyperWarlock

Not interested then, I only buy shooters for the MP. If it's an RPG, i'm fine with no MP. But in a shooter, I want to be able to play with my friends.

commanderxp90
commanderxp90

What a breaking good news to me!  I do not mind to spend a lot of times on single player game.  Multiplayer games made me very addicted and wasted my infinite of times playing.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Great news for me, I like playing FPS single player games every now and again.  I sure hope the game can make a profit without the multiplayer, though.

youngskillz
youngskillz

don't care for multi really......love the wolfenstien ip.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@spindie 

I hope you get robbed someday of your few precious valuables and when you go crying to the cops...I want you to remember this moment when I say

"oh, they were only pirating your stuff..."

quakke
quakke

@Psycold  

lol, can't buy anymore huh? That just shows how terrible it is.

Talk about a real Call of Duty: Operation Wolfenstein. That game had everything wrong. Play Return to Castle if you want to get close to orignal. Or better yet, play the orignal.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@Cellpwn Agreed.  


Normally I'd be ok with no SP in a game, but RTCW:ET is probably one of the greatest MP games of all time.  Sequels should focus on trying to recapture that.

Xenrathe
Xenrathe

@Cellpwn This is true. Shaming people for it is silly.

But at the same time, you have to see their viewpoint too. More blockbusters have tacked-on multiplayer than not, and so it's nice to have a game come out that doesn't have that image of pandering to the masses.

Timb3rWolf
Timb3rWolf

@Cellpwn Agreed. RtCW + Enemy Territory were both up there in the greatest multiplayer FPS games of all time, we're talking the same league as Counterstrike and BF:1942. Whilst RtCW had a pretty decent SP it was MP that was its core attraction, and why it (along with W:ET) had such a huge fanbase.

 People will say Wolf 3D/Spear of Destiny didnt have MP so its not really relevant to the series in general, but it was the MP of the later games that defined Wolfenstein for most people, and that cannot be ignored. 


To call multiplayer a tacked on feature for wolfenstein is complete nonsense, but perhaps its for the better, given that the dev team leading it had nothing to do with the older Wolfenstein games (Guess id software are busy on doom 4 to be leading this project)

lunaticlk47
lunaticlk47

@Gravity_Slave Except most games by TODAY'S STANDARDS have shitty campaigns BECAUSE of the extra focus on Multiplayer.  Pretty sure Mass Effect 3's ending wouldn't be shit-tastic if BioWare wasn't too busy whoring out their novels and comic books, not to mention spending too much of their fucking time developing multiplayer.


Edit:  Oh, I forgot. Does anyone remember the F.E.A.R. franchise? Yeah, the first two games had good campaigns just because MP was an afterthought. F.E.A.R. 3 sucked fucking balls because the geniuses at Day One Studios decided to make it the other way around.

Revan-Cakes
Revan-Cakes

@benbonney 

meh Return to Castle Wolfenstein was set in stone for my favorite single player experience. I simple don't play any single player anymore since then.

spindie
spindie

@benbonney bioshock infinite was the hands down most boring campaign i've played in years

Psycold
Psycold

@adupuis Thought I was the last one left who only really plays single player campaigns/

sandspectre
sandspectre

@Psycold @adupuis We are more than you might think. Probably one of the finest examples of single-player FPS players is the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fanbase

lunaticlk47
lunaticlk47

@UrbanMessiah @sandspectre @Psycold @adupuis Yup, like Resident Evil since RE5. RE6 deserved the negative reviews it got because the co-op was badly hamfisted to make the game remotely enjoyable. RE5 wasn't any better in that regard as well.

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

@sandspectre @Psycold @adupuis  

Single player fan right here. Makes me happy when companies focus totally on single player...sure, some games can get single player and multi player right in one package, but that's a rare breed. usually what happens is one or the other suffers and gets trashed by gamers and critics alike.