Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus hits stores on October 27 and as part of the advertisement strategy for this long awaited sequel Bethesda has come up with a bold slogan... that slogan being "#NoMoreNazis"
Yes, the latest trailer for Wolfenstein (You know, that hit game series that's about putting lots of bullets in lots of Nazis because... they're Nazis) pointedly expresses what the game is about and also has a tiny dig at the current political climate regarding how Nazis seem to be making a comeback in modern America. Don't worry, I'm sure there aren't any mouth-breathing morons who got upset by this at all...
Oh right... I forgot... Twitter doesn't do anything about its rampant Nazi problem... huh.
Yes, apparently it's now controversial for Bethesda to say "Screw Nazis" in some form. The reaction from some in the extreme right has been disappointingly expected. There are people who will, out loud, state that they're offended by a message about how evil Nazis are.
Of course there are people who see this as just a blunt attack on Trump supporters, which it's not. It's certainly referencing it because it's current and there are a lot of Trump supporters who lean more towards Nazi than Not-Nazi but it's not about all of them. If you are not a Nazi, this game isn't about you so don't be offended by it because that kinda makes you look Nazi-ish. It's very obvious this is just a minority of the supporters, but sadly they're the loudest minority.
The reaction to this has not gone unnoticed by Bethesda, as they mention in an interview with gamesindustry.biz where Pete Hines, VP for PR and Marketting, said:
"In Wolfenstein's case, it's pure coincidence that Nazis are marching in the streets of America this year. And it's disturbing that the game can be considered a controversial political statement at all."
Fortunately these voices are so minor that the most attention they'll get is articles like this laughing at them, but we should be aware this is happening, while also... ya know, pointing and laughing.
Bethesda knows exactly where they stand and anyone who has a problem with this needs to really think about their life choices:
"Wolfenstein has been a decidedly anti-Nazi series since the first release more than 20 years ago. We aren't going to shy away from what the game is about. We don't feel it's a reach for us to say Nazis are bad and un-American, and we're not worried about being on the right side of history here."
I'd say that Bethesda has decided to stand on the right side. Let's join them, not the trolls