Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Right-wing gamers are furious about the Nazi-killing in 'Wolfenstein II'

Wolfenstein 2 Nazi-Killing Video Game 'Wolfenstein II' Angers Nazis With 'Make America Nazi-Free Again' Slogan
Melissa Porter | 10 October, 2017, 18:07

"In Wolfenstein's case, it's pure coincidence that Nazis are marching in the streets of America this year", said Hines, referring to the Charlottesville march.

"Make America Nazi-Free Again" accompanies the trailer, and appears to be a very thinly veiled reference to Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan. They are keen to impress on Bethesda that it is impolite in this day and age to suggest that violence ever be considered a valid tactic to use against people with different political views, even if those views are centered around militarily enforced genocide and/or ethnic cleansing.

"Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus" launches on October 27 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC; the game's also headed to the Nintendo Switch at some point in 2018. "We aren't going to shy away from what the game is about", he continued.

Bethesda's PR Department spoke to Game Industry and this is what Pete Hines, Vice President, had to say about the controversy regarding The New Colossus.

Apparently, there are a bunch of people getting upset over a tweet made by the "Wolfenstein" Twitter page a couple days ago in regards to next installment of the franchise, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

Development on Wolfenstein 2 began in 2014, soon after the release of The New Order, three years before neo-Nazi and neo-Nazi subgroups in the United States, emboldened by the current political climate, marched in Charlotte, NC.

The video itself is just a few seconds long, depicting orderly lines of Nazi soldiers (the game's main foe) with the text "Not my America" superimposed on top of it.

Some fear this game will inspire further clashes between neo-Nazi groups and their opposition. And it's disturbing that the game can be considered a controversial political statement at all, Hines told GI.biz.

I don't get the whole outrage, Wolfenstein has traditionally been a series about the fight against super-powered Nazi's.

Hines is right; They definitely shouldn't be anxious about being on the right side of history.

He explained that the game's American setting was established when the first 2014 game was still in early development, when the team was planning it out as a trilogy.

Wolfenstein franchise has always been about killing Nazis and the upcoming Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus will be no different, however, Bethesda's marketing campaign for the game is being deemed controversial by some and now the studio has come ahead to defend it. "Our campaign leans into that sentiment, and it, unfortunately, happens to highlight current events in the real world", added Hines.

"At the time none of us expected that the game would be seen as a comment on current issues, but here we are", Hines said.