I doubt anyone will be surprised that Wolfenstein: The New Order will have some censorship when it hits Germany next month. The only major change that is happening within the game is that the Nazis will instead be referred to as “The Regime.” The Nazi symbol will also be taken down due to the sensitivity of the topic for the country. Pete Hines, a marketing executive for Bethesda, talked in an interview with GameSpot about this censorship before going on to discuss another controversy the game has on its plate—no multiplayer. For the most part, every shooter these days comes with some form of multiplayer or is all about the multiplayer. Wolfenstein: The New Order will be a single player only game.
“They’re a little touchy and so [the Nazis] are called
the Regime in Wolfenstein in Germany and it’s actually…I’m pretty sure
this is the first Wolfenstein game that will ever be released in
Germany, but it’s completely stripped of all the constitutionally banned
— Pete Hines
Here is the quotation from the interview about the game not having a multiplayer mode.
“For a lot of other publishers that would probably be a trickier
question to answer, but Bethesda stands defiantly in support of
Fallout 3, Skyrim, Dishonored, The Evil Within,
Wolfenstein. We believe that if multiplayer fits and it’s part of what
you’re trying to create, you should absolutely do it. But if it’s not,
for god’s sake leave it out. Stop shoehorning into stuff that has no
business being there [cheers from audience]. And ultimately, Machine
Games knows single-player. And this is the kind of game they wanted to
create, and so we just never really had a conversation about
multiplayer. It’s like, ‘All right, if that’s not what you’re making,
let’s just make this the best that we can,’ and that’s what we’re
— Pete Hines
Wolfenstein: The New Order will come out on May 20th for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. If you preorder the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One version, you will be able to obtain access to the beta of the next Doom game.
This guy is my hero for basically calling out companies who shoehorn in multiplayer modes just to meet a bullet point on the back of the box. So many games last gen didn’t need multiplayer, like Spec Ops: The Line, Tomb Raider, Guacamelee!, and soon. While I am not the biggest fan of Bethesda games, I am happy to see a company put their foot down on not doing a multiplayer mode when you don’t really need one if it isn’t fully thought out. What do you all think of this? Not surprised by the censorship? Support the idea that single player modes can be beneficial to an excellent experience?