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Video game franchise criticized for 'Make America Nazi-free again' tweet

Video game franchise criticized for 'Make America Nazi-free again' tweet

There's a growing trend of discomfort among gamers about the overt-politicization of some games, especially as they tie into current day politics.

With only a few weeks remaining from Wolfenstein II's October 27th release, this social media post has no doubt drawn attention to the upcoming shooter.

Just as with previous titles in the series, you shoot and kill Nazis in Wolfenstein II. We aren't going to shy away from what the game is about. The Wolfenstein franchise has been around for over 20 years, and the object of the game has always been to rid the world of Nazis. Bethesda has been marketing the game for it's anti-nazi elements and it has sparked quite a bit of political criticism but the company has replied with a bold statement defending their stance.

Bethesda's VP for PR and Marketing, Pete Hines, has responded to the accusations in an interview with Games Industry, stating that the company isn't anxious about "being on the right side of history".

Neo-Nazis and white supremacists have been prominent in the news this year in America, with violent clashes taking place in Charlottesville following a Unite The Right march that left one counter-protester dead.

Development on Wolfenstein 2 began in 2014, soon after the release of The New Order, three years before neo-Nazi and neo-Nazi subgroups in the USA, emboldened by the current political climate, marched in Charlotte, NC.

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"[In the game] freeing America is the first step to freeing the world", says Hines.

I don't get the whole outrage, Wolfenstein has traditionally been a series about the fight against super-powered Nazi's. He explains that Bethesda is both aware of America's climate and that they're making a statement with the game and its longstanding theme of killing Nazis, saying... We don't feel it's a reach for us to say Nazis are bad and un-American, and we're not anxious about being on the right side of history here.

Also, creative director Jens Matthies has revealed that Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus will not be the last entry in the rebooted franchise and also hinted that Mecha-Hitler might return in the next game. It's what this franchise has always been about.

Bethesda representative went on to say that "Wolfenstein has been a decidedly anti-Nazi series since the first release more than 20 years ago. Our campaign leans into that sentiment, and it, unfortunately, happens to highlight current events in the real world", added Hines.

It seems unlikely we'll be running out of Nazis anytime soon, but there's plenty of other things to shoot on PC.

"We're certainly aware of current events in America and how they relate to some of the themes in Wolfenstein II", Pete Hines, vice president of public relations and marketing at Bethesda, told GamesIndustry.biz.