Fans of the Wolfenstein series can relax as Bethesda confirms that Wolfenstein III is definitely on the way. For those who couldn't get enough of first-person shooter franchise in 2017's Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, rest assured that there's more to come.
The Wolfenstein name heads back to 1981's Castle Wolfenstein and spawned a variety of sequels over the years. The games were rebooted with Return to Castle Wolfenstein in 2001 and faced a second reboot under MachineGames and Bethesda Softworks thanks to Wolfenstein II: The New Order in 2014.
Speaking to GameCentral, Bethesda's Pete Hines teased the arrival of a third installment in the Nazi-kicking franchise: "Absolutely we’re making a Wolfenstein III. They said on stage that they’re taking a break from the larger story to do this thing. But we all have to see how that ends. [laughs]" The site raised concerns that Wolfenstein II's middling sales would see the story end after just two games. While Hines said Wolfenstein II could've "done better," he confirmed that Bethesda plans to continue the story of B.J. Blazkowicz.
The "break" Hines is talking about is Bethesda's upcoming Wolfenstein: Youngblood that was revealed at this year's E3. Taking a jump in time to the 80s, Wolfenstein: Youngblood is set in the same universe as the first two games but isn't a direct continuation of The New Colossus' cliffhanger ending. Elsewhere Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot will be a VR spinoff and is set for release next year.
As it stands, the ending of The New Colossus focused on the Kreisau Circle promising to abolish the Nazi regime and Blazkowicz finally proposing to Anya. The story could've been left there, but with Wolfenstein: Yougblood showing a future where Nazis still reign supreme, there remain some gaps that need to be filled.
Even though the quick slashing of The New Colossus' price could've been seen as a cause for concern, it sounds like Bethesda has always had plans to return to the timeline where the Third Reich won World War II. Considering the game's positive reviews and winning a series of awards, Bethesda would be foolish to give up on an IP as popular as Wolfenstein.
While Wolfenstein is far from over, Hines was less positive about the Dishonored games and said the series is currently "resting." Bethesda has a busy few years thanks to upcoming titles like Doom Eternal, Fallout 76, RAGE 2, and the long-awaited Starfield. For those who can't wait to get their Führer fix, players can next blast Nazis when Wolfenstein: Youngblood comes out in 2019.