Following yesterday’s leak by Amazon — perhaps taking some of the sting out of the announcement — today during its E3 2017 press conference publisher Bethesda and developer MachineGames officially announced Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Additionally, it announced the sequel will hit this October, on the 27th.
The following overview of the game is provided:
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed first-person shooter, Wolfenstein: The New Order developed by the award-winning studio MachineGames.
An exhilarating adventure brought to life by the industry-leading id Tech 6, Wolfenstein II sends players to Nazi-controlled America on a mission to recruit the boldest resistance leaders left. Fight the Nazis in iconic locations such as small-town Roswell, New Mexico, the bayous and boulevards of New Orleans, and a post-nuclear Manhattan. Equip an arsenal of badass guns, and unleash new abilities to blast your way through legions of advanced Nazi soldiers and über soldiers in this definitive first-person shooter.
America, 1961. Your assassination of Nazi General Deathshead was a short-lived victory. Despite the setback, the Nazis maintain their stranglehold on the world. You are BJ Blazkowicz, aka “Terror-Billy,” member of the Resistance, scourge of the Nazi empire, and humanity’s last hope for liberty. Only you have the guts, guns, and gumption to return stateside, kill every Nazi in sight, and spark the second American Revolution.
- The Mission: Liberate America from the Nazis: Strap in for a heart-pounding journey as you fight the Nazi war machine on American soil. As BJ Blazkowicz, protect your family and friends, forge new alliances and face the demons of your troubled past as you rally pockets of resistance to overthrow the Nazi occupation.
- The People: Rally the Resistance: Immerse yourself in a world brought to life by unforgettable characters who bring a new level of personality to the franchise. Reunite with your friends and fellow freedom fighters such as Anya, Caroline, Bombate, Set, Max Hass, Fergus or Wyatt, and befriend new characters such as Horton and Grace as you take on the evil Frau Engel and her Nazi army.
- The Arsenal: Wield Devastating Guns and Future Tech: Blast Nazis to bits with high-tech weaponry such as the Laserkraftwerk, a multi-purpose, high-intensity laser weapon that can disintegrate enemies, or the Dieselkraftwerk, a rapid-fire, gas-powered grenade launcher that can devastate groups of enemies, or get up close and personal with advanced pistols, submachine guns, and hatchets. When you need a little more versatility, upgrade and dual-wield your favorite guns!
- The Plan: Kill Every Nazi in Your Way: Everyone’s favorite pastime! Unleash your inner war hero as you annihilate Nazis in new and hyper-violent ways. Lock and load futuristic guns and discover BJ’s new set of abilities as you fight to free America. Regardless of your playstyle, invent all-new ways of stabbing, shooting, and killing Nazis.
As you may know, Wolfenstein: The New Order has been rumored for quite some time, and was a rather obviously coming sequel after Wolfenstein: The New Order came out in 2014 and put the iconic Wolfenstein franchise back on the map with one of the year’s best games.
Hints for the game began when creative director Jens Matthies stated that the team had a “very, very clear idea” for what it could do with a sequel, and that it would love to do one.
Then in September 2015, Alicja Bachleda-Curus, who played Anya Oliwa in The New Order said she was working on a “second one” that could launch in 2017. In October of last year, this was followed up by B.J. Blazkowicz’s voice actor Brian Bloom potentially suggesting a new Wolfenstein game is on the way.
Then taking the rumor from rumor to more something of more certainty was Bethesda’s E3 2016 conference, where a mock cmd.exe screen flashed on-screen that showed/revealed an unknown property called “The New Colossus,” with a release date listed as only **-**-**.
But none of that matters now: because its real, and you can check it out via an announcement trailer (which features gameplay) below. Additionally, you can view the game’s box art, key art, and first batch of screenshots here.