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Raven: Wolfenstein is “not a WWII game”

Monday, 6th April 2009 14:18 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Wolfenstein creative director Eric Biessman has told VG247 that Wolfenstein isn’t just another WWII shooter. In fact, according to the developer, it’s not a WWII game at all.

We said: “Why should we be excited? This is just another ‘spooky’ WWII FPS, right?”

Eric said: “There’s a lot to be excited about in Wolfenstein! The core gameplay of Wolfenstein is based on fast-action, visceral combat and heavy-duty firepower. Looking deeper at the game, you see that it’s set in a very compelling universe. While the game is set in WWII, it’s not a WWII game – that’s like saying the Indiana Jones movies are WWII movies.

“Dark science and strange occult mysteries combine to create larger than life characters, weaponry and enemies. This also lets us stray outside the realm of reality to create compelling game play – we don’t have to have realistic enemies and weapons, we can do things just for the sake of being fun and exciting. It really opened a lot of creative doors for us.

“When we started development of the game we asked ourselves, ‘What if?’ What if the Nazis had access to an unlimited power source? What if the Nazis could create beam weapons? What if the Nazis could create suits of powered armour? It was pretty cool to imagine the possibilities and see them come to life in Wolfenstein.”

The un-WWII shooter’s out for PC, 360 and PS3 this summer.

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7 Comments

  1. G1GAHURTZ

    If I have to use WWII weapons, it’s a WWII game.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. pleasant_cabbage

    What if you have to use “larger than life weapons, [designed] for the sake of being fun and exciting?”

    #2 6 years ago
  3. G1GAHURTZ

    Then it’s still a WWII game if I still end up having to use a Thompson or a Luger.

    It’s just a WWII game with a twist…

    #3 6 years ago
  4. pleasant_cabbage

    Fair enough!

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Reythor

    ‘What if the Nazis had access to an unlimited power source? What if the Nazis could create beam weapons? What if the Nazis could create suits of powered armour?’

    WHAT?!

    This whole expanding of the ‘Nazi’ brand seems a bit much, where will this all end? You could take this anywhere you wanted really, but does it have to be the Nazis? I mean – it’s quite a serious issue as far as I’m concerned. I’m probably overreacting here – but the shit they got up to really wasn’t all that long ago and a fuck of a lot of people suffered and died at their hands – and they didn’t need beam weapons and power suits to fucking do it.

    Sorry for the swearing.

    castle-fucking-wolfenstein… here’s a good ‘what if’,

    ‘what if… the development team in question had access to a better IP?’

    #5 6 years ago
  6. OrphanageExplosion

    What if… my auntie had bollocks? She’d be my uncle!

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Nosignalinput

    Reythor, while I can see what you’re getting at, and would agree with you to some extent, it doesn’t stop me wanting to shoot the crap out of a Nazi in a power suit.

    #7 6 years ago

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