With the good news comes the bad. While we are getting a ninth installment in the Wolfenstein series the game will not include multiplayer.
Bethesda VP of Public Relations, Pete Hines recently stated about the tough decision,
We talked to Machine Games about the game they wanted to make and multiplayer wasn’t in their thought-process. We’re not going to force it down their throats and say, ‘well, the last games did, so you have to do it.’
He then added,
These guys do cool stuff, if you look at The Chronicles of Riddick or you look at The Darkness, those games have a creative element to them that is similar to the things they’re doing in Wolfenstein and that’s what attracted us to them, and that’s what attracted us to their vision of Wolfenstein. And we said “okay, run with that.” We’re not going to say, “Oh, we’ll find somebody else to do the multiplayer.” Wolfenstein: New Order is as you describe it. End of discussion.”
This news is pretty surprising, shocking even, since multiplayer is usually what us shooter fans generally look forward to. It’s our way to show off our skills to the world. However, Hines’ attitude and approach to the situation has to be applauded. Now before you start rioting, hear me out. Not every game needs to be a multiplayer and by not having this feature could push us shooter fans towards a better and I dare say, improved and satisfying single player experience. Just think about it, it would be an out-right lie not to admit the co-op mode added a lot to Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War and overall I’ve enjoyed the downright competitive multiplayer of the Wolfenstein games, it has been highly entertaining. With that said, what I’ve noticed even with me is that I spend all my time playing co-op. In fact multiplayer has started to become a game’s main focus. As a result, developers spend all of their time and money focusing on this feature instead of using their resources to balance out the game to improve the single player because they know hardly anybody will ever play it. Like I said before, this brave decision now forces us to experience something not necessarily new but something different for a change. I may stand alone by saying this but I tip my hat to Bethesda for taking this action. Can I get a slow clap?
Wolfenstein: New Order will be available December 2013 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.