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Bethesda Calls Reaction to Wolfenstein 2's Nazi-Killing Trailers "Disturbing"

10 October 2017, 06:07 | Melissa Porter

Bethesda VP of PR responds to Wolfenstein II ad controversy: It's 'disturbing' to consider game a 'controversial political

An upcoming Nazi-killing game is attracting attention with a Trump-style slogan

Bethesda doesn't develop games to make specific statements or incite political discussions.

The creators of the upcoming video game, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, have responded to claims that the title references current politics and indicts President Trump for his supposed association with the alt-right - a baseless claim often touted by the liberal media.

"We don't feel it's a reach for us to say Nazis are bad and un-American", Bethesda VP of marketing and PR Pete Hines told GamesIndustry.biz following the release of the most recent ad.

Hines is in no way claiming that Bethesda was somehow prescient enough to foresee the troubling events happening in the United States and build a game around them.

We're certainly aware of current events in America and how they relate to some of the themes in Wolfenstein II. We aren't going to shy away from what the game is about.

In 2017, taking an anti-Nazi stance is somehow a controversial political statement.

Watch the clip below: Make America Nazi-Free Again.

As armoured soldiers march across a street lined with Nazi flags, a simple, yet bold message flashes across the screen: "NOT MY AMERICA".

Also, creative director Jens Matthies has revealed that Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus will not be the last entry in the rebooted franchise and also hinted that Mecha-Hitler might return in the next game.

"At the time none of us expected that the game would be seen as a comment on current issues, but here we are", Hines continued.

The New Colossus takes place in an alternative version of America where the Nazis have successfully invaded the good old US of A. BJ Blazkowicz and his ragtag team of rebels has to liberate America from the Nazi occupation. This fictional setting of Nazi soldiers on the USA streets is awfully familiar to real-life current events as of late. The thought is something Hines and many other sane people find disconcerting.

A minority either disagreed with the game or the way it was being sold, with one person lambasting Bethesda for having "teamed with" anti-fascists.

"We can't speak to what other publishers choose to do and say with their games", he says.

"People who are against freeing the world from the hate and murder of a Nazi regime probably aren't interested in playing Wolfenstein", he said. It is by no means realistic, and it has been in development since the release of the previous game in 2014. "Their ability to immerse players in an alternate role, in an alternate world, like Wolfenstein's Nazi-infested America, allows players to actually feel and experience the emotions of the situation". Are you still hyped, are you more hyped, or has a post of this nature turned you off from the experience?

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