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It’s not often thought of in these terms, but Wolfenstein is one of gaming’s oldest active franchises. Its origins go back more than 35 years, when it started out as a rudimentary top-down action game. But it wasn’t until 1992, when Wolfenstein 3D was released, that it truly rose to prominence.
In our latest “History Of” episode, GameSpot’s Jean-Luc explores the entire Wolfenstein series, which–with the upcoming release of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus–now spans more than eight games, depending on how you count them. None of these have been as impactful as Wolfenstein 3D, which effectively established the first-person shooter genre, leveraging experiments with 3D graphics conducted by legendary designer John Carmack. But the contributions of Silas Warner–an early game developer who designed the original Castle Wolfenstein–should not be forgotten, as outlined in the video.
Despite the post-Wolfenstein 3D years seeing the series focus almost exclusively on single-player first-person shooters, there have been some offshoots. Most notably, there’s Wolfenstein RPG (a twist on Wolfenstein 3D) and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory (a free multiplayer spin-off).
In one of the stranger career changes from a video game personality, Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey is helping lead a new defense company–and it’s now hiring.
Anduril Industries, named after Aragorn’s reforged sword from The Lord of the Rings, is a military technology startup looking to disrupt the defense world. Luckey and the company assert that the defense industry has stagnated, and there’s not enough innovation happening at the moment. So Anduril aims to help develop new technology quickly, focusing on the possibilities of augmented and virtual reality.
It’s pretty bizarre to see Luckey jump to military tech from a games-focused approach, especially since his time at Oculus produced some distinctly unserious, non-militaristic moments. However, toward the end of his involvement of the company, Luckey courted quite a bit of controversy, such as when he helped fund an anti-Clinton meme campaign. As a result, I’d guess that Anduril probably gives him a way to stay out of the public spotlight.
It’s unclear what, exactly, Anduril is making at the moment, but we do know that it’s full of people from the more militaristic side of Silicon Valley. A couple of former Palantir engineers have come on as CEO and COO, while another Palantir engineer–Trae Stephens–co-founded the company and worked on the Trump administration’s transition team for the Department of Defense. We also know that they’re interested in surveillance technology to be deployed for border defense.
One of the big new releases is Ubisoft’s highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed Origins. After taking a year off in 2016, the mainline series returns with a game that tells the … origins of the Assassin order. Set in Ancient Egypt, you play as Bayek and can do things like hunt down hippos and ride camels. The combat is also changed significantly, while those who want no combat at all can get that experience in the education-themed Discovery mode.
Origins arrives on October 27, alongside Bethesda’s similarly greatly anticipated shooter sequel Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. A sequel to 2014’s The New Order, The New Colossus tells the story of a Nazi-occupied America. You play as B.J. Blazkowicz who wants nothing more than to rid America of the invaders and restore order.
GameSpot has an interview with the team around the game coming up this week. We plan to ask about the state of the game, what’s coming up next, the soon-to-launch Xbox One version, and more. But we also want YOU to submit questions. Post them in the comments, and we’ll select some to put directly to the team.
Ask whatever you want, but there is no guarantee that your question will be selected. We’ll choose them based on newsworthiness, originality, humour, and other criteria. Go ahead! We’ll look at questions up until Friday, October 27, so send away!
Our interview, with the select community questions, will run sometime in the next 10 days or so. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest!
Shannon Loftis, the General Manager of Xbox Publishing, is coming down to PAX Australia this week in Melbourne. As part of this, GameSpot is sitting down with the 23-year Microsoft veteran to discuss the latest about all things Xbox.
We have our own questions teed up but we want to hear from you as well. In her role, Loftis works with internal and external developers to help bring their titles to Xbox. Post your questions in the comments, and we’ll select some to put directly to her.
Ask whatever you want about Xbox-related topics, but there is no guarantee we’ll select your question. We’ll choose them based on newsworthiness, originality, humour, and other criteria. We’ll look at questions through Wednesday, October 25 Australia time, so send in your burning questions now!
Our interview, with the select community questions, will run sometime in the week ahead. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest!
Loftis is a panelist on the PAX Australia panel “Always Here: Women In Games.” She will contribute to the discussion around women in the games industry and what steps can be taken to improve the gender ratio in the games industry.
And for lots more on PAX Australia, be sure to bookmark this page where all of our written and video content from the show will live. The event runs October 27-29 in Melbourne. GameSpot will be reporting live from the show all weekend.
In anticipation of this week’s big PC games, AMD launched a new graphics driver that provides optimal performance on systems equipped with Radeon video cards. Crimson ReLive edition 17.10.2 boosts framerate for Destiny 2, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus by sizable margins. The new driver also makes a few quality of life changes and fixes some bugs.
AMD conducted its own internal tests using a PC running an Intel Core i7-7700K at 4.2GHz and 16 GB of RAM. The performance improvements are based on a comparison between driver version 17.10.1 and the new 17.10.2 driver. Both the Radeon RX Vega 56 and Radeon RX 580 video cards were used.
Using the highest graphics settings preset, Destiny 2 runs up to 43% faster with the RX Vega 56 (52 FPS to 74.6 FPS) and up to 50% faster with an RX 580 (34.7 FPS to 52.2 FPS) at a 1440p resolution. We spent a significant amount of time with the PC version and we covered some of the ways it differs from the console release, including how well it runs.
Assassin’s Creed Origins
For Assassin’s Creed Origins at the highest graphics preset, the RX Vega 56 runs up to 16% faster (44 FPS to 51 FPS) at 1440p, while the RX 580 performs up to 13% faster (45 FPS to 51 FPS) at 1080p. Required and recommended hardware specs for the game were unveiled earlier this month. As far as AMD video cards go, you need at least an R9 270, but an R9 280X (or better) is recommended.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
With the game’s highest graphics preset, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus gets up to 8% faster performance on an RX Vega 56 (102.8 FPS to 110.7 FPS) and up to 4% faster the RX 580 (74 FPS to 77.3 FPS) using the 1440p resolution. Minimum requirements and recommended PC specs for the game were unveiled recently; you’ll need at least an R9 290, but an RX 470 is suggested.