William “B.J.” Blazkowicz is a legend.
Ever since his introduction in 1992’s Wolfenstein 3D, B.J. has maintained his legendary status by heading into explosive situations against those damned Nazis. Bethesda Games and MachineGames successfully revived the franchise back in 2014 with the release of Wolfenstein: The New Order. The overwhelmingly positive response to that game managed to lead right into a standalone DLC experience (2015’s Wolfenstein: The Old Blood) and an entirely new sequel. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is set to feature everything that made the last two releases so well regarded and place B.J. Blazkowicz back into the spotlight.
Before October 27 gets here, check out this preview piece on everything you need to know about The New Colossus.
1. William J. Blazkowicz Wakes up in 1961 to Take on Some Nazi’s Again
The closing events of The New Order saw B.J. Blazkowicz confronting and finally vanquishing his biggest foe, General Wilhelm “Deathshead” Strasse. Although he accomplished his main mission, a grenade explosion gravely injured B.J and it appeared that he wouldn’t survive his current predicament. Thankfully. B.J. awakes in 1961 within a hospital while confined to a wheelchair. He comes to find out that the Nazis have managed to occupy the USA. B.J. heads back into action against that evil regime alongside a new group of freedom fighters in order to kick off the second American Revolution.
2. The Gameplay Remains Just as Chaotic and Gory as it Was in The New Order
After spending some hands-on time with this much anticipated sequel, I came away pleased knowing that The New Colossus retains a lot of the best elements from The New Order. B.J. still goes on a rampage against Nazis in a variety of famous American locations this time around while wielding several infamous firearms (the LaserKraftWerk and Dieselkraftwerk both come included). Speaking of firearms, players now have the ability to dual wield with a different weapon in each hand. You and your collection of pistols, assault riffles, sniper rifles and more can be called upon to rip your Nazi adversaries to shreds.
It’s still possible to sneak up on your adversaries and take them out quietly. What makes this maneuver all the more violent is the addition of B.J.’s trusty hatchet, which activates vicious takedowns (you can also throw one from a distance and recover it from wherever it landed). Sneaking around is something you’ll need to rely on a lot more now that Commanders are present. These individuals have the ability to call in reinforcements and make your life even more of a living hell.
Check out all the developer gameplay footage above to get a hint of what this game entails. Plus make sure you watch the vid below to see how one of the game’s many boss fights unfolds:
3. The Season Pass Will Throw Players Back Into the Fray During Three Special DLC Packs
The Season Pass has already been announced months before The New Colossus’ Fall release. This playable package includes three separate DLC packs that focuses on the war fighting exploits of a former football player, an ex-OSS agent and a war hero. You can read up on all the official description of each DLC mission down below:
The time has come to once again refresh the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Nazis have overrun the world, and while BJ Blazkowicz is busy igniting a new revolution in America, other freedom fighters are waging war on their own fronts. Soon you can step into the brave soles of a former football player, an assassin and an Army captain, and battle to restore the soul of America in Wolfenstein II: The Freedom Chronicles. Starring a trio of larger-than-life heroes, The Freedom Chronicles includes three DLC packs:
– The Adventures of Gunslinger Joe: As former professional quarterback Joseph Stallion, smash through Nazi hordes from the ruins of Chicago to the vastness of space!
– The Diaries of Agent Silent Death: As ex-OSS agent and assassin Jessica Valiant, infiltrate Nazi bunkers in California and discover the secrets of Operation San Andreas!
– The Amazing Deeds of Captain Wilkins: As the US Army’s renowned hero Captain Gerald Wilkins, embark on a mission to Nazi-controlled Alaska to dismantle Operation Black Sun!
4. A Special Pre-Order Bonus Will Allow Players to Hop Into “The Freedom Chronicles: Episode Zero”
If you manage to pre-order any edition of the game, you’ll get access to an exclusive mission dubbed “The Freedom Chronicles: Episode Zero.” This introductory mission lets you experience the freedom fighting efforts of three heroic individuals. The official synopsis of that pre-order bonus can be read in the excerpt below:
Of course, every great revolution has to start somewhere. And when it comes to the heroes of The Freedom Chronicles, it all begins in Episode Zero. Episode Zero introduces you to Joseph Stallion, Jessica Valiant and Gerald Wilkins as they fight for freedom in the American Territories. Blast your way through Nazis using unique abilities and an arsenal of guns in this opening DLC mission.
5. You Can Get Into The New Colossus Through the Standard, Digital Deluxe or Collector’s Edition
So there’s three separate editions The New Colossus you can join the pre-order list for – the Standard, Digital Deluxe or Collector’s Edition. Each edition of the game offers up the aforementioned pre-order bonus mission. Now the Digital Deluxe Edition on both the PSN and Xbox Live Store includes a full digital download of the game and access to the game’s Season Pass. And last but not least, the Collector’s Edition is the most premier edition of the game. Everything that comes packaged with the Collector’s Edition is detailed in the video seen above.