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Bethesda Announce Wolfenstein: The New Order

Bethesda certainly weren’t lying when they said they were planning on making an impact in 2013. Just a short while ago they announced a brand new game titled Evil Within and today they’ve also announced a new entry in the legendary Wolfenstein series titled The New Order.

As we all know Wolfenstein is one of the original games responsible for the FPS genre, and therefore has one hell of a lineage behind it, but the previous entry in the series, simply titled Wolfenstein, wasn’t that well received. According to the official press release The New Order is going to be a reimagining of the Wolfenstein franchise, “offering players a gripping and dramatic experience.”

So who is actually making this thing? MachineGames are on developement duty using, according to the press release. If you’re a bit unsure as to just who that is then don’t worry because you’re hardly the only one. The company was formed back in 2009 by several key employees of StarBreeze studios that worked on both Riddick and The Darkness series of games. In 2010 ZeniMax purchase MachineGames, and since then they’ve been working on an unnannounced project, which we can assume with almost absolute certainty was Wolfenstein: The New Order. The bad news is that while those that founded the studio worked on good games, MachineGames itself has never released a game, so we’re completely in the dark about what degree of quality we can expect from them.

“We are excited to bring a new chapter of Wolfenstein to gamers everywhere,” said Jens Matthies, creative director at MachineGames. “As fans of the series, working on this game is an honor, and our team is driven to create an unforgettable action-adventure experience that will make FPS fans proud.”

Gamespot currently have exclusive rights to the reveal of the game. According the press release we can expect, “series of exclusive feature stories with GameSpot.com beginning on Wednesday, May 8th.”

Here’s hoping that Wolfenstein: The New Order manages to live up to the series heritage and get the name back on top of the genre. If nothing else I’m giving Bethesda and MachinesGames kudos for using Jimi Hendrix’s All Along The Watchtower. F*cking awesome.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is due for release in Q4 of 2013 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC and next-generation consoles.

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