Wolfenstein: The New Order will be single-player only; Spector questions its existence
Posted: 09.05.2013 06:55 by Comments: 8
In some surprising news, Bethesda has announced that developer MachineGames' upcoming shooter, Wolfenstein: The New Order, will not have a multiplayer mode. The game will only have a single player campaign.

According to creative director Jens Matthies in a video interview, "It's such a huge part of video game legacy. If there's a video game museum, Wolfenstein is in the first room. It's the start of the wave that shaped the world of gaming."

"On a personal level, I played this when I was younger and it was mind-blowing. I never then of course dreamed that I was going to be working with it. It's both an honor and a legacy."

However, major game designer Warren Spector has attacked the game as just another "generically dark, monochromatic, FPS" on Facebook.

He stated, "Did the world really need another Wolfenstein game? Did we need a generically dark, monochromatic, FPS, kill-the-Nazi-giant-robot game? Uh. No. The world did not. I am so tired of stuff like this. Oh, and could we all just agree we'll never use the generic gravelly-whisper trailer voice guy ever again? And one more thing: Please stop using Jimi Hendrix to promote your adolescent male power fantasies."

The developer apologized for his comments later.
Source: GameSpot
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By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 09, 2013
Big red, fatty thumbs up! Tossing the MP aside is the best move yet. Could turn out to be actually the best in series.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on May 09, 2013
I'm not completely decided on the issue here, on one hand it could be a much better SP experience due to all the focus going there but I also played ET quite a lot back in the day. But then again there's plenty of MP action going on already while good SP games are slightly rarer.

So I guess I'm giving this news a thumbs up as well (though unlike hero I can use a hammer so just my regular thumbs).
By Voqar (SI Core Member) on May 09, 2013
I think it's good and ok to see focus on single player. Plenty of games do MP these days.
By Gale47 (SI Core) on May 09, 2013
Yes yes yes yes yes.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on May 09, 2013
@Voqar: I think you hit on something. This game probably won't be able to compete with Halo, Call of Duty, etc, on the multiplayer front.
By noobst3R (SI Core) on May 11, 2013
Warren Spector sounds like a douche. I bet he shouts less about CoD.

Anyway, on topic: I like what I see. I'm really hoping for Bioshock Infinite, but then Wolfenstein. :p But with more old skool gaming elements, and no skill trees/XP.
By mortalgroove (I just got here) on May 12, 2013
Who apologized? The developer or the designer?
By Gale47 (SI Core) on May 12, 2013
Wolfenstein Infinite: Semi-modern warfare. Why not? ^^