Spector: The World Didn't Need Another Wolfenstein Game
It's hard to argue his point.
There's a new Wolfenstein on the way; it's called The New Order and it has been confirmed as a cross-generation title scheduled to launch later this year; Q4 2013, to be exact.
It was also recently announced that the new effort won't boast a multiplayer component, and developer MachineGames says they take their responsibility very seriously. After all, Wolfenstein is a big part of video game lore.
But not everyone thinks we need to see another installment in the classic franchise. Epic Mickey designer Warren Spector has placed a controversial post on his Facebook page, which calls out the new game for being generic...among other things:
"Did the world really need another Wolfenstein game? Did we need a generically dark, monochromatic, FPS, kill-the-Nazi-giant-robot game? Uh. No. The world did not. I am so tired of stuff like this. Oh, and could we all just agree we'll never use the generic gravelly-whisper trailer voice guy ever again? And one more thing: Please stop using Jimi Hendrix to promote your adolescent male power fantasies."
Well, is he wrong? Not really. Developers should have the right to produce any game they wish - it's called artistic freedom - but at the same time, we have been seeing too much of this lately. Spector has attacked the "ultraviolence" of video games in the past, and we've responded. Our question is, what qualifies as "ultraviolence" and furthermore, why do we get the sense that you want to keep gaming in the past, where everything made was for children...?
The latter probably isn't the case; he likely just doesn't want all that unnecessary violence. Still, you have to make something a lot better than Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two to gain everyone's respect these days.
Related Game(s): Wolfenstein: The New Order
5/8/2013 11:45:39 AM Ben Dutka