The Bethesda E3 2017 showcase only lasted about 40 minutes, and one game took up about a fifth of that time. Thankfully, the beefy Wolfenstein II trailer was totally worth it.
Clocking in at about eight and a half minutes in length, the trailer for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has a little something for everyone. It takes us on many twists and turns throughout its lengthy runtime, all of which are rad as hell. If the game itself can live up to this reveal, then we're all in for a real treat.
Of course, that's not too much to expect given Bethesda's track record with the series as of late. Wolfenstein: The New Order blew FPS fans away when it launched back in 2014, combining the over-the-top gunplay and Nazi-killing violence the series became famous for with an unexpectedly emotional, strong narrative hook. While the 2015 follow-up, The Old Blood didn't quite soar to the same heights, that's only because The New Order was just so damn good in the first place.
Now, two years later, we're looking to receive a proper, full-on sequel in the form of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and the new trailer makes it look just as action-packed and full of tense moments as the first game in the new series.
The trailer opens with a scene that's made to look like an episode of an old television show. It's live-action, and stars a girl who comes upon a couple of gentlemen who find themselves in a spot of trouble. I won't give away what happens next, in case you're reading before watching. Suffice it to say I'd watch the hell out Liesel if it were a real show.
The channel on the television begins to change, showing scenes from other distinctly Nazi programming including a Saturday morning cartoon, a commercial for an action figure and the absolutely hilariously-named game show, "German...or Else!"
The trailer then cuts to game scenes, including B.J. Blazkowicz waking up in a hospital ward where things appear to have gone sideways. After that, we get loads of footage showcasing scenes from the game that are equal parts tense and explosive. I'm especially a fan of the strawberry milkshake scene, which has echoes of some of the best encounters from the previous Wofenstein games.
There's a lot to take in here, including a scene where a dude drops acid and hallucinates a cartoon lizard, and it all adds up to a trailer that everyone seems to be talking about. There's still plenty to come out of the remaining days of the E3 conference, but we have a sneaking suspicion folks will still have Wolfenstein II on their must-play lists once everything is said and done.
Look for it on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on October 10.