Game Rant spoke to Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Creative Director Jens Matthies during E3 2017, who confirmed MachineGames’ plan is to complete a Wolfenstein trilogy. With MachineGames showing off the latest entry in the franchise with a cinematic trailer for its official announcement during Bethesda’s E3 media conference, many fans have been curious about the series’ future. E3 has become MachineGames’ opportunity to make promises about what to look forward to in both the short term and the long term.
That more Wolfenstein is coming from MachineGames shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has played Wolfenstein: The New Order. The first game in the trilogy established a setting of surprising scope and left players wondering what comes next at the end. To see B.J. Blazkowicz back in action in Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, again tearing down an army of Nazis near single-handedly, is not startling.
What is startling isn’t that this new Wolfenstein trilogy is continuing, but that there’s a clear direction and conclusion in mind. MachineGames is confidently proclaiming their dedication to a trilogy before the second game’s release, even going so far as to say that a trilogy has been the plan from the start. Sure, the awareness that Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus won’t be a true ending may be someone odd to acknowledge while playing the game, but in many ways it also builds drama. Think about how Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back was known to be the middle of a trilogy at its release.
Let’s also take a moment to acknowledge the elephant in the room, that hardcore Wolfenstein fans are likely already furiously typing about on message boards. Wolfenstein: The New Order is a sequel/follow-up to the 2009 Wolfenstein game from Raven Software. Even Wolfenstein from 2009 is technically a sequel/follow-up to 2001’s Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
All of the games in Wolfenstein‘s franchise are oddly intertwined. Who knows, judging by how crazy Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is, maybe the end of the current trilogy will time travel us back to the original game.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is planned for release on October 27 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.