Machine Games "don't censor" in their creative process for Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus | PCGamesN

Machine Games "don't censor" in their creative process for Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

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There’s no doubt that Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is a political game. It’s going to be tackling some pretty heavy themes, despite being an over-the-top action shooter. Nazis are some bad business. The conflicts between Nazis and those of a different race came up in the demo we played, so we asked Jens Matthies, creative director on Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, how the team go about balancing absurdity and serious themes. 

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“We take what we're doing extremely seriously, which is interesting in a game like this, it's also incredibly over the top and crazy at many points, right? But we love that kind of fusion between things that are decidedly not real and things that are incredibly real, and we think that sort of breaking point between those values is extremely interesting to explore. 

“There's a level of this that is our own creative process, where we think about what's right for the game, and what makes the best possible game, and we don't censor ourselves in that process. That doesn't mean that we're casual about it, we think a lot about it, and we think about what is right for the game. But once we've done that, then people can have their opinions about it, and that's fine. That's not really up to us, all that we can do is control what the game is.”

They relish the contrast between the Nazi ideology, a threat taken from real-world history, and the game’s absurdity, its “crazy” action, and unrealistic set pieces. Being able to take those moments and then build a serious story around them is key.

We did also have to ask about the political bent of the game - Matthies says that “the game will always be political in a way, but it's not a commentary on current events.” He told us that the team felt it would be wrong to “cartoonify” the Nazi ideology shown, and wouldn’t be right for the game.

With regards to the intent of the game, Matthies has some high hopes: he considers games to be the team's "art form."

“I think it's all about what the game is about, and what the creative goals are, but to us this is our art form. We spend so much time making the game, thinking about everything that's in the game, and so we wanted to be kind of a timeless work of art, in a way? So, that's what we're going for, but that doesn't mean that's the creative goal for every game, I'm sure there's room for any type of game.”

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9 Months ago

I really enjoyed Wolfenstein Old Blood and New Order, so much so that after getting them for PS4 I went out and bought it for my PC as well....especially coz I wanted to see it at 4k @ 60hz ultra custom.

They're really enjoyable games and I love the what if angel - in a huge way. Indeed if we hadn't have broken Enigma the Nazis would have beaten us and the Russians - See 1942 was when, using information polish cryptographers had given us was put into the worlds first computer which in turn allowed us tp decrypt thousands of messages at scale. This was the turning point where this information was feed out to our generals and admirals. Our Generals and troops, radar and technology was bullcrap. It was enigma, knowing where the enemy was, what they needed and what they were going to do allowed us to comprehensive smash the Germans

And with allowin Russian spies to get access to engima decrypts the Russians were able to out maneuver the Germans on the eastern front.

But we could have easily lost WW2. A good example is Dunkirk. Using drugs (meth) they absolutely smashed the BEF. It was only because the wehrmacht had marched for 5 continuous days that they passed out for 48 hours and that allowed the BEF to get off the beaches at Dunkirk.

The Nazis already had several super weapons on the drawing board that would have steam rolled us had they not had the devastating losses that cracking Enigma enabled.