Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Causing Controversy Over Tweet

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Causing Controversy Over Tweet

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will release on October 27.

The strong right-wing supporters have started lashing out against Wolfenstein and Bethesda in their Twitter handles, following the controversial tweet. If you love shooters, buy the game; if you love great design, buy the game; if you don't care for Nazis, buy the game. We aren't going to shy away from what the game is about.

"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.

Bethesda's VP for PR and Marketing, Pete Hines, has responded to the accusations in an interview with Games Industry, stating that the company isn't anxious about "being on the right side of history".

Hines - speaking on behalf of Bethesda - defended the company's dabbling into the current, highly-charged political climate canvassing America.

Make America Nazi-Free Again. However much the marketing is about the game, the alt-right and neo-nazis have declared that the game is taking a stand against them.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus will take place in an alternate timeline where Nazis won the Second World War and, as a result, have invaded the United States in order to bolster their fascist regime. "And we're not anxious about being on the right side of history here".

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 USA, emboldened by the current political climate, marched in Charlotte, NC.

Interestingly enough, Bethesda has never had to explain why the entire Wolfenstein The New Order chapter is based around the Polish-American protaginist "B.J".

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. This fictional setting of Nazi soldiers on the US streets is awfully familiar to real-life current events as of late.

"We're certainly aware of current events in America and how they relate to some of the themes in Wolfenstein II", Pete Hines, vice president of public relations and marketing at Bethesda, told GamesIndustry.biz. Be sure to let us know in the comments section below if you'll be picking it up and stay tuned for more! Bethesda doesn't develop games to make specific statements or incite political discussions.

We'll see if the politically-motivated marketing campaign pays off for them when Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus launches on October 27th, for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, and next year for the Nintendo Switch.

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