One of the FPS genre’s most storied names is about to be dragged out of retirement, with Bethesda Softworks this week announcing that Wolfenstein: The New Order is on its way to systems old and new.
While Bethesda does own id Software (the studio most closely associated with the franchise) it has assigned development duties to Swedish team MachineGames. Though id will be taking a back seat during development, it will still be contributing its proprietary id Tech 5 engine to the project.
Wolfenstein: The New Order will apparently take place in an alternate timeline, one in which the Axis triumphed over the Allies during World War II. They then expanded to dominate the planet by the 1960s.
As returning hero B.J. Blazkowicz you’ll face off against hordes of robotic killing machines that look quite a bit like cylons. If Bethesda was hoping to avoid the comparison, it probably shouldn’t have used a song so closely associated with Battlestar Galactica in the game’s debut trailer. As reported by GameSpot, Wolfenstein: The New Order will be a single player only affair.
Look for this one to arrive on 360, PS3, PC and “next gen consoles” towards the end of 2013.