“Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” is officially launching June 29 on Nintendo Switch, publisher Bethesda announced Tuesday.
It’s a direct sequel to the 2014 first-person shooter “Wolfenstein: The New Order” and set in an alternate universe where Nazis control America. As protagonist BJ Blazkowicz, the player leads a group of oddball freedom fighters against a Third Reich armed with advanced technology. The games are a soft reboot of the classic”Wolfenstein” franchise that first began with “Castle Wolfenstein” on the Apple II (kids, ask your parents) in 1981.
“Wolfenstein II” launched in October 2017 to positive reviews. It won best action game at the Game Awards 2017 and was nominated for best game direction, best narrative, and best performance. It also received nods for best gaming performance and studio of the year at the 35th Annual Golden Joystick Awards. But, it failed to crack the top 10 best-selling games in the U.S. that month, according to industry-tracking firm the NPD Group. It placed 14th. But, it’s important to note that “Wolfenstein II” launched two days before the end of NPD’s reporting period and Bethesda doesn’t report digital sales to the firm. There’s no word on how the game has sold since then.
Developer Panic Button is handling the Nintendo Switch port with some guidance from MachineGames. The game will not ship with the three story DLC packs Bethesda has put out since its PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One launch. A Bethesda spokesperson said that at the moment the team is focused on “faithfully recreating the base game.” Each one follows the adventures of a freedom fighter battling the Nazis in American territories. And, like the port of Bethesda’s role-playing game “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” it looks like “Wolfenstein II” will have some form of motion controls using the Switch’s Joy-Cons.
Watch the first video showing off the game in action (along with what appears to be a bit of motion controls) in the video below.