id Tech 5-based Wolfenstein sequel coming in Q4

B.J. Blazkowicz is back! Earlier this morning, Bethesda announced the next chapter in the Wolfenstein series. Entitled Wolfenstein: The New Order, the game is scheduled for a fourth-quarter release on the PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and "next-generation consoles."

MachineGames, a Swedish studio, is developing the title using id Tech 5—the same engine technology that powered id Software's Rage. I believe this is the first time we'll see id Tech 5 used outside of an id Software game. (According to Wikipedia, Tango Gameworks' The Evil Wtihin will also use the engine, but it won't come out until next year.)

Bethesda doesn't go into much more detail, but it says the folks at GameSpot are privy to some exclusive info about The New Order. Sure enough, GameSpot has already posted additional tidbits, including a short teaser trailer:

Apparently, MachineGames is taking a page out of Philip K. Dick's playbook: GameSpot says The New Order will be set in an alternate-reality 1960s following an Axis victory in World War II. Players will fill the shoes of B.J. Blazkowicz as he launches an "impossible counter-offensive" against the Nazis in Europe. The counter-offensive will reportedly involve "infiltrating Nazi strongholds and battling legions of enemies," and there's even talk of "super weapons" the Nazis have used to dominate Earth "and beyond."

Hmm. Earth and beyond? Sounds like moon Nazis to me.

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