The rumored sci-fi project, Starfield, failed to materialize at Bethesda's E3 event. That, coupled with a suspiciously short runtime of just 40 minutes (are those things perhaps related? Conspiracy theorists – to your keyboards!) meant it was left to the Nazi-eviscerating antics of BJ Blazkowicz to save the day and give the crowd something to cheer about. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a full standalone sequel that takes place after the events of 2015's The Old Blood, set this time in an alt-history Nazi-occupied USA of the 1960s.
The trailers for MachineGames' always over-the-top shooter are always a sly treat, and this one's no exception. It begins with one of Bethesda's trademark spot-on pop-culture satires in the form of Nazi-flavored versions of classic TV shows and toys; Leisel instead of Lassie, the friendly border collie replaced by a psychopathic giant robot Nazi dog that terrorizes a small town park ranger while its (equally psychopathic) pigtailed aryan owner half-heartedly attempts to control it; A G.I.Joe called "Wunderbar Soldier"; a quiz show called "American, or Else!"
In the two years since the last expansion, we've had Amazon's hit TV series, The Man in the High Castle, and Wolfenstein seems to have been taking notes. We see small town America under Nazi rule, with the KKK free to roam the streets and a determined (but predictably ragtag) resistance movement in need of help – along with many, many Nazis of different stripes in need of a grisly death as they carry out the bidding of your new enemy, the evil Frau Engel.
Wolfenstein has long been alt-history with a side of batshit crazy, and The New Colossus is sticking joyously to the formula. The highlight – and culmination – of the trailer a romp through a Nazi outpost on the back of that giant robot dog, spraying fire as stormtroopers, SS and other assorted bad guys scramble to stop you. It may be getting older – the franchise is 36 years old – but there are thankfully few signs that it's growing up.
Bethesda announced a release date of October 27.