Adolf Hitler has finally made his return to the Wolfenstein franchise. He was usually the main bosses in the older games, first wielding machine guns in his normal form, and then later donning the iconic Mecha-Hitler suit. Well, MachineGames decided that the first introduction to the character would be one of an emasculated presence, showing a coughing, robed Hitler, waltzing in on what looks like a studio set.
The launch trailer is only a minute and a half long. It starts with a German TV show but then it’s interrupted by the anarchist rebel leader, Grace. She attempts to rally people into the streets to cause anarchy against the Nazi occupiers who have taken over America. She tries to use their violence and subjugation of American values as a way to get people to bear arms as a rebellion against the Nazis.
You can check out the launch trailer for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus below.
The comment section is a little less hostile than in previous videos. There aren’t anywhere near as many people complaining about the game not focusing on Communists. Instead, a lot of the comment section is ecstatic that Hitler is back.
And yes… there’s the typical comment consternation taking place where people are angry at people angry at Bethesda’s marketing. Others are angry that people are angry at Bethesda’s marketing, which some have claimed is attempting to paint all Trump supporters as Nazis and attempting to glorify the domestic terror group known as Antifa.
The comment above managed to garner a lot of explosive responses. Typically it turned into arguments about games being used as propaganda to incite a race war. However, if that’s the case then does this not mean that games that can condition and influence people to act violently if games can be used to turn someone racist? Does that also not mean that games can also then turn you sexist if it can turn you racist? In a way, it would mean that the comment above would fit in line with what those such as Jack Thompson and Anita Sarkeesian have been saying: that games can turn you violent and sexist.
Others retorted that the Nazis were just as bad as the Communists, and that both sides ruined their homeland.
The entire landscape surrounding Wolfenstein II is now a powder keg of political pillory happening against all sides.
The release date draws near for the game, and we’ll soon see if Bethesda’s overtly controversial marketing will pay off when the game launches on October 27th for the PS4, PC, and Xbox One, and next year for the Nintendo Switch.