Return to Wolfenstein May 20
Wolfenstein: The New Order - the three billionth reboot of the franchise that started with the influential Wolfenstein 3D back in the early mid-90s, has now gotten its final release date. The game was originally delayed from 2013 to 2014 due to Bethesda apparently wanting to not push a sub-par game out the doors. Many a gamer might've been bummed out by this, but time moves swiftly. And here we are! In an e-mail from Bethesda, it's made clear that May 20 2014 is the day the war breaks out again and BJ Blazkowicz is once again the only dude who can end it.
While we're at the topic of Wolfenstein's release, why not take the chance to shoe-horn in something related? You see, there is a limited collector's edition available for pre-order too. It is apparently limited to 5000 copies worldwide, and includes a "Panzerhund" figure, a medal, and some other stuff you typically find in collector's editions. The package will set you back $100, but interestingly, that's without the game. Yep. Bethesda attempt to justify this move, but it really does make the box seem a tad overpriced regardless.
"This collector's edition does not include a copy of the game. Keep your pre-order at your favorite retailer and we'll send you these goodies separately—this way we can ship these boxes worldwide and you're not stuck waiting for your game to come along with an oversized, expensively shipped box."
The series has been changing hands multiple times over the years, and this time it's publisher Bethesda Softworks and Swedish development studio MachineGames who sit with the responsibility of creating a faithful sequel/reboot. You might not have heard of MachineGames before, but there is no reason to worry. You see, the team is built up of former Starbreeze employees, who worked on the fantastic Chronicles of Riddick and The Darkness. These guys KNOW how to do fresh and unique takes on the FPS genre.
And so, the wait begins. Unless you're completely burnt out on shooting Nazis in the face, that is. Which arguably would be understandable at this point. But at least you get access to the DOOM 4 beta if you pre-order Wolfenstein. You know, in case you're bored of shooting Nazis but for whatever reason aren't yet bored of shooting zombies.