How Does It Feel: Wolfenstein: The New Order Delayed

It was confirmed yesterday that (so far devoid of wolves and alternative rock) metal-Nazi-shooter Wolfenstein: The New Order has been delayed from a late 2013 launch date, to a new date in 2014. This is according to an interview with Bethesda Softworks given to Polygon. Perhaps this delay came about because they are spending time putting more wolves and also New Order in it, but one suspects it is because they need time to polish Nazibots, make the stealth work like it should, and stoke the fires of not-a-shit-story at all.

Tell me, how do you feel?

The new Wolfenstein is set in the 60s in a post-World War II society where the Nazis have won, sort of like Robert Harris’ Fatherland, but sadly Rutger Hauer is not starring in the game version (as far as we know). Again, you are Captain B.J. Blazkowicz, and you are fighting a monstrous race of Super Soldiers and Nazi bots. (Kieron Gillen’s Uber series of comics tackles the issue of Nazi-employed superhumans particularly well, if you’re interested in science fiction WW2 things.) The E3 trailer is here, shows scary cackling woman:

Last night RPS’s very own Nathan Grayson, who though he is very super as far as we know is not related to Dick Grayson, said that when he had his hands on the new Wolfenstein it seemed a bit of a ‘confused mess’. This might give us more hints as to why the game was delayed.

According to Bethesda Softworks VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines though, “the most important thing was definitely just looking where it was at, what they needed to polish. Because it’s just not trying to be a shooter, because it’s trying to be a shooter that also has driving elements, story elements, narrative, stealth sections — each one of those has to be excellent”. He went on to say, “It can’t have the same historical impact of Wolfenstein 3D, but it can be a better game”.

I’m guessing this will also mean Wolfenstein: The New Order won’t make it to Eurogamer Expo.

How do you feel?


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    distantlurker says:

    Feeling a little out of mein kampfort zone, otherwise fine.
  1. lordcooper says:

    A little bit hungry.

  2. Mudlab says:

    I prefer Joy Division.


  3. RedViv says:

    Hey, if they continue on this route we’ll see Commander Keen in Nazis Killed My Babysitter in about 10 years!

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    distantlurker says:

    Feeling a little out of mein kampfort zone, otherwise fine.

    • RedViv says:

      Let’s see if the delay of this release operation seals the fate of the game, shall we?

    • FurryLippedSquid says:

      I feel all reich about this.

      • pailhoarse says:

        Fingers crossed that Wolfenstein: The New Order will feature a brEva and Braunier Blazkowicz.

      • The Random One says:

        I’m don’t care when I’ll get to play this game, so it doesn’t matter to me if its release date has come hitler or fuhrer.

      • sabasNL says:

        I was Führious at first, since I did Nazi that coming, honestly. But now I think of it, it may be besser than Wolfenstein 2009 all über again. Es war nicht gut.

  5. Keyrock says:

    I feel apathy.

    • Baines says:

      Agree, pretty much.

      While it might sound harsh, my immediate thought was the overused phrase “And nothing of value was lost.”

  6. Bracknellexile says:

    I feel like watching Iron Sky.

    It’s the Moon Nazi thing, I just can’t help myself.

    • Frye2k11 says:

      Same here. Iron Sky is one of my favorite comedies. Breaking taboos only a European director would dare. If you have no objection to a very non-PC movie i can very much recommend it.

      The last Wolfenstein game was pretty good. (wasn’t that a Ravensoft game?). Not great, but extremely solid. And funny voice-acting.

    • amishmonster says:

      There’s never any need to apologize for watching Iron Sky. That movie is great, and I was going to suggest that people watch it to tide them over.

  7. jonahcutter says:

    A bit lonely and in need of a walk outside.

  8. Renevent says:

    I enjoyed the last Wolfenstein, so was looking forward to this one as well.

  9. XhomeB says:

    Take your time, Machine Games. Return to Castle Wolfenstein is a tough one to beat (fantastic SP and MP), considering New Order will be SP-only, it is vital that you nail it, the potential here is huge. My expectations are as follows:
    – accurate weapons are a must, iron sights slow the gameplay down, don’t force us to rely on them (that’s something Rage did right)
    – Good level design (alternative paths, no cutscene-corridor-cutscene kind of design, please) and secrets!
    I consider myself a fan of Escape from Butcher Bay, if W:NO expands and improves upon that game’s ideas and gameplay philosophy, it’ll be great.

    • Hyomoto says:

      I realize from your comment that is something Brutal Doom has going for it. It added iron sights but they are more of an option and less of “the point”. They are an accessory, an option with its proper time and place. Interesting.

    • engion3 says:

      I agree, Wolfenstien needs more Vin Diesel.

    • Pockets says:

      Alternate paths? There’s only one way to beat them, get round the back.

  10. GallonOfAlan says:

    “Stealth elements” – dread phrase!

    • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      It is an irresponsible use of the world’s limited supplies of sneakium, silencium, and blinth* to force their inclusion in a game that would do far better to focus on what it is good at instead of trying to cram in an underdeveloped stealth section to add a bullet point to the marketing blurb.

      *blinth is the element of surprise. It doesn’t appear on the periodic table. It most commonly disguises itself as hydrogen. It has no electrons while you’re looking, and 3 when you’re not. It has a much higher mass than you’d expect. It is extremely reactive with other elements, but only in the dark.

      • Gap Gen says:

        So dark matter is just normal matter, but crouched behind a table. Huh.

        (Also this is excellent, good show.)

        • MacTheGeek says:

          something something weeping angels something something.

          • BooleanBob says:

            You saw the Max Payne movie too, eh? My sympathies.

          • Gap Gen says:

            This is how the quantum measurement problem works. (Seriously, as Niels Bohr said, anyone who is not shocked at quantum physics hasn’t understood that IT FRICKEN CHANGES WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT AND WE HAVE NO IDEA WHY).

          • The Random One says:

            It’s obviously just trying to free up random access memory. I don’t know why people get so worked up about it, it’s like they don’t know we live in a computer simulation.

      • analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

        Lord from now I I will refer to you as Terry Terry Terry Colin.

        Terry Terry Terry Colin you are uncertainty principled with your faith in Blinth!

  11. Shantara says:

    Cannot wait to fight cyborg zombie Hitler!

    • XhomeB says:

      No kidding. I’d love it if he turned out to be the final boss.

  12. Meat Circus says:

    The game’s PR told us: “This is because everyone who’s tried it thinks the game is another rubbish generic FPS and we want to quietly bury it.”

  13. Crosmando says:

    The game will be shit by definition if it has any of the following:
    – Quick-Time Events
    – Indestructible sticky cover
    – Slow movement speed
    – An FOV below 109
    – Regenerating health
    – Iron-sights
    – Inability to carry every gun in the game at the same time

    • SirKicksalot says:

      Confirmed features:

      – medkits
      – lean
      – dual-wielding
      – slide
      – destructible environments
      – puzzles
      – exploration
      – artifacts and collectibles
      – one-liners

  14. SirKicksalot says:

    They remember how hard Quake 4 bombed. Another cross-gen sequel to an id franchise with only a couple of months of marketing.

  15. Silverchain says:

    Feels heavenly.

  16. mouton says:

    No wonder it got delayed, half of the team is busy playing Rise of the Triad.

    • Shooop says:

      Once the bugs are squashed, I’ll be too. The 90s game helped define my childhood.

  17. Network Crayon says:

    So is the message of that video that if the germans won the war… Nearly all of history would remain the same? That doesn’t sound so bad.

    Plus, Robots.

    • WoundedBum says:

      The only difference is this place is called Rock Paper Sten, and it’s run by Jim Reinhardt, Alec Metzger and John Weismuller.

      • MacTheGeek says:

        And John Weismuller’s crusade against the antisemitic aspects of the game industry would draw much anger and angst from the gamers who like their Jews one-dimensional.

        • cpt_freakout says:

          And yet, commenters would be constantly delighted about the mass markings of console players with cloth patches colored after Nintendsturm, Sönny, and Mikrosaft.

  18. CrowPath says:

    I feel that when in The Veil, you shouldn’t run faster significantly. In the last game there wasn’t much reason to leave 1980s green-screen mode because of that.

  19. Shooop says:

    driving elements, story elements, narrative, stealth sections

    We don’t need any of these things in a Wolfenstien game.

  20. SooSiaal says:

    With my hands.

  21. cunningmunki says:

    I see a ship in the harbour, I can and shall obey.

  22. Ahkey says:

    I often think about going back to Captain BJ, I do. But I have Corvo now.

    Corvo’s so more forgiving, more fun to play around with. He has a sexy mask.

    BJ acts pretty much the same as when I first met him. He’s had some work done, but it still feels as though he’s fighting the same old battles and using the same old tired arguments.

  23. Dog Pants says:

    I think that the day will never come.

  24. Yosharian says:

    10 seconds of cut-up gameplay does not provide enough information to make judgements on.

  25. Vesper says:

    You can’t buy it with money, you’re not alone anymore,
    (whenever you’re here with me),
    You shock me to the core, you shock me to the core

  26. PopeRatzo says:

    I’m convinced that there will never be another AAA title released.

    What was the last time a game delivered on schedule?

  27. strangeloup says:

    Having the trailer be about 80% live-action is fairly useless for telling you about the game, but I quite liked it even so.

    I want a robot dog.

    Also, I think Scary Cackling Woman might be Lucille from Arrested Development.

  28. Optimaximal says:

    New Order aren’t Alternative Rock.

  29. kwyjibo says:

    “Because it’s just not trying to be a shooter, because it’s trying to be a shooter that also has driving elements, story elements, narrative, stealth sections — each one of those has to be excellent”

    I’d have really preferred a game with Nazi moon bases and Mecha to just concentrate on the shooting. Really cannot be fucked to put up with “story elements” in a game like this.

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  31. Iskariot says:

    I don’t mind.
    Soooo many games to keep me busy.

  32. MacTheGeek says:

    This article should have been held over the weekend and published on Blue Monday.

  33. Captain Joyless says:


  34. Wite Boy says:

    Canceling my…. New preOrder

  35. Juwce86 says:

    You know what, Those mechanized units look quite excellent and because I’m one of those people obsessed with such things so this will be a purchase for me. Not only that, I did enjoy the previous entries to some degree, on a declining scale, mind. I’m also hoping for more of an “arcade” style shooter, though realism seems to take precedent these days, over my love of carrying 10 guns with seven different types of ammo each and subsequent rounds. Reality sucks.

    *edited for realism english instead of my english.