During Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus’ announcement and reveal at E3 2017 there was brief glimpse of footage showing a gameshow called “German or Else!,” a Nazi-take on iconic American TV game shows you might find during the era. Today, developer MachineGames and publisher Bethesda released an extended version of that brief glimpse.
At the surface level, the video is nothing more than an idiosyncratic, stylish, and clever promotional work; however, there is a bit more to it. First, the video conveys more of the game’s tone — which if you saw the debut trailer/gameplay footage or heard Pete Hines talk about it in the past you will know is a bit out-there, if not offbeat entirely.
In the video it shows that Nazis simply don’t just take over a planet; they impose their will on things like pop culture as well, including American TV shows. German or Else! is by most regards, just like any other classic American TV game show: cheesy and overacted. However, you can also feel the minatory vibe underneath it all, something I suspect will be present in the Nazi propaganda machine you find yourself facing as you try and free America.
Further, the video reveals that Nazi’s are slowly but surely forcing all Americans to ditch English and take-up German. Now whether this will be a present idea in the game — or one of any significance — remains to be seen, but again, it does illustrate what life is like under Nazi tyranny in the game.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is set to release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 27th, priced at $59.99 USD. Beyond the ol’ standard edition of the game, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is also available in a classic GI-Joe-themed Collector’s Edition for $99.99 USD. Additionally, the game’s launch will be accompanied by an official art book from Dark Horse.
Below, you can check out the new video: