Nazis. They’re bad, right? Obviously. They’ve been the bad guys in countless forms of entertainment. Movies, comic books, video games, especially ones like Wolfenstein.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a game about an alternate reality where Nazis won World War 2 and occupied America and still do in the present day. If it’s anything like the previous game, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and the trailers are to believed, the game will set you on the opposite side of many, many Nazis in the quasi-21st century. This is a rather uncomfortable parallel to today’s real-world political landscape. Oddly enough, MachineGames has somehow avoided major controversy with their game, seeming to not address the glaring comparison. Until today’s Wolfenstein ad that is.
— Wolfenstein (@wolfenstein) October 5, 2017
Now, they didn’t outright say, « Hey look, this game is eerily relatable in today’s society. » No, that would be too easy. Instead, they took a route that forces viewers to make their own connections. Stormtroopers marching down an American street with the thunderous words « Not My America » slamming down on the screen? The tagline on the tweet saying « Make America Nazi-Free Again »?
imagine seeing the words « no more nazis » and reacting like this pic.twitter.com/5L9b8CPm3s
— Vylash #TeamKICK (@MiraVylash) October 6, 2017
The amount of people legitimately upset by the new Wolfenstein trailer is equal parts sad and hilarious pic.twitter.com/icrl0CfiyO
— 88 Fingers (@YungShaxx) October 6, 2017
The strange times we live in are strange for a number of reasons. One of which is that major companies tend to stay away from the Neo-Nazi/White Nationalist controversy happening in America, not commenting on it as to avoid being brought into the argument. But MachineGames is making a game about killing and liberating one’s self from Nazis. They had a golden opportunity to make a statement and apparently waited long enough for the hype to build for the game before striking. But Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is being published by Bethesda, a big, Triple-A developer who you’d expect to shy away from controversy. When they began developing The New Colossus, we wonder if Bethesda or the developer would have ever expected a game about killing Nazis would be « controversial ».
The real question is: Is this just a dig at today’s political landscape, or will the game make more uncomfortable but important statements in the game itself? We’ll have to see when it launches later this month.