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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Aug 2, 2013

Wolfenstein: The New Order Has Been Delayed To 2014

If you’ve been looking forward to killing some Nazis, I’m afraid I have some bad news. Bethesda announced that they are delaying Wolfenstein: The New Order to 2014. The game was originally slated to be released later this year.

Bethesda VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines explained to Polygon why Wolfenstein had been delayed: they wanted to make sure they got the game right, to make it more than just a shooter. “Working on next-gen and current gen definitely has an impact, you’re developing for two different things. The fact that the next-gen stuff is still moving is also definitely a factor. But the most important thing was definitely just looking where it was at, what they needed to polish. Because it’s just not trying to be a shooter, because it’s trying to be a shooter that also has driving elements, story elements, narrative, stealth sections — each one of those has to be excellent. It’s not just like we’re making a shooter, where if the shooting is good, then all 16 hours of the game will be good because it’s all we’re doing.”

When you’re following up a game like Wolfenstein 3D, it makes sense to want to create something more than just a sequel. Hines had said that because The New Order can’t have the historical impact of Wolfenstein 3D, that they would instead have to create the bestWolfensteingame ever made. It’s a lofty goal, but if they have to take an extra few months to get it done, then I don’t blame them one bit.

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