MachineGames' upcoming Wolfenstein reboot, Wolfenstein: The New Order, actually looked pretty sweet. Unfortunately, the game is being delayed until 2014, and finds itself pushed out of the original Q4 2013 release window. Bethesda's VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines dropped the news.
The delay can be blamed primarily on the complications attached to developing a cross-generation title, particularly the next-gen part. That, and the multiple genres MachineGames devs are working into this otherwise traditional FPS require more time. Hines explained:
"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.
"We didn't just want to do a one-notegame. We wanted to make something that brought in all these elements, and as it turns out, the polish time you spend on the shooting stuff has no impact on what it feels like in the stealth part."
So basically the game was delayed in order to make it better. Sounds like MachineGames has their hands full anyway, and who are we rush them along?
Hines did note that the game has already been in development for a long time, and Bethesda isn't about to let all that time go to waste by rushing MachineGames this late in the game.
"MachineGames has been working on this game for a while. You don't want to waste all that time and effort for the sake of a couple of months, if a couple of months could make all of the difference in the world."
He also said that the The New Order "needs to be the best Wolfenstein game ever made," even if it can't trump the historical impact of Wolfenstein 3D.