Bethesda surprised pretty much everyone yesterday when it announced Wolfenstein: The New Order was in development at MachineGames. The new game is set in 1960 after the Nazis became the dominant power, with plenty of new technology at their disposal if the announcement trailer is anything to go by. Gamers still get to step into the shoes of series protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz, but it seems that's all we get as Wolfenstein: The New Order lacks multiplayer.
MachineGames is taking development of the newest Wolfenstein very seriously, and because of that wants to deliver a killer single-player story without compromising anything for multiplayer. That news may disappoint fans hoping for the same intense action from Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, but alas everyone will just have to make do with a (hopefully) intense story.
Creative director at MachineGames, Jens Matthies, had the following to say about the opportunity to work on The New Order:
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.
There's still plenty more we don't know about Wolfenstein: The New Order, but all should be made more clearly in the coming months. We do know it's due to arrive later this year for the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, and next-gen consoles, however.