In today’s video game market, replay value is everything. Whether it’s through an ongoing multiplayer component or branching storylines, as long as it keeps the case on gamers’ shelves and off the used games pile, then developers are interested.
In Wolfenstein: The New Order‘s case that replay value will manifest in the form of an alternate timeline, one that reportedly alters the tone of the game from a specific branching point all the way to its climax. And given that the game already deploys an alternate timeline story where Hitler and the Nazis did not fall to the Allied forces, we can only imagine what that alternate-alternate timeline could be.
News of this alternate timeline comes courtesy of a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) with Wolfenstein: The New Order Creative Director Jens Matthies who, in response to a question about game completion time had this to say:
If you collect everything and explore everywhere I think a single play through could end up close to 20 hours. But there’s also lots of incentive to make a second play through, especially to explore the alternate time line.
Matthies then continued by explaining how the alternate timeline concept will work. Essentially, there will be a branching point within The New Order‘s campaign that will slightly alter the tone of the game moving forward. The CD emphasizes that the changes will be slight, but he also wants gamers to know that the changes won’t just impact the ending.
While it’s unclear whether this alternate timeline concept will truly inspire gamers to replay Wolfenstein: The New Order, a 20-hour completion time for the main campaign (and side content) sounds like value enough for a FPS shooter. Obviously, the lack of multiplayer came as a disappointment to gamers, but it appears developer MachineGames is keeping the focus on making the single player as substantial as possible.
Gamers who are curious to see just how comprehensive The New Order is are encouraged to check out MachineGames’ ongoing gameplay streaming efforts, which have included the early portions of the game…so far. But, presumably, those playthrough videos have only included the one timeline, so we’re extremely curious to see what MachineGames has added to make a second playthrough worth the time.
Are you excited for this new Wolfenstein? Do you plan on replaying Wolfenstein: The New Order to see the alternate timeline?
Wolfenstein: The New Order releases May 20, 2014 for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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