Bethesda’s E3 press conference was a bit of a mellow affair, as it relies heavily on the concept of showcasing their offerings via a miniature theme park called Bethesdaland. They provided updates on all of their existing IPs throughout the 40-minute event, and the best reveal was ultimately saved for the last with the trailer of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.
The video was fairly long with an 8-minute runtime, but it was well worth the effort to watch the entire thing, just for the creativity put into making it. It started with some realistic TV shows depicting the alternate history set in the current Wolfenstein timeline, before shifting the focus to gameplay with the return of series protagonist BJ Blazkowicz. What happens next is one heck of an action train ride showing what’s at stake with our heroes’ struggle in saving the world.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will take place in 1961, as you take the fight against the Nazi regime to America. “Equip an arsenal of badass guns, and unleash new abilities to blast your way through legions of advanced Nazi soldiers, cyborgs, and über soldiers in this definitive first-person shooter,” said Bethesda in an official announcement.
By the time when the audience was still trying to process everything that happened after the trailer ended, Bethesda’s Global Vice President of PR and Marketing, Pete Hines came out saying the project is “f***king bananas”, and we have to agree wholeheartedly with that. I didn’t follow any of the Wolfenstein titles previously, but looking at the trailer alone was enough to make me want to know more about the franchise, and I can’t wait to try it out.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus drops on October 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.