Wolfen­stein Se­quel

B. J. Blazkow­icz voice ac­tor teases Wolfen­stein: The New Or­der se­quel

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A cou­ple of off­hand com­ments from a loose-lipped videogame voice ac­tor have sparked a wave of drool­ing spec­u­la­tion over a se­quel to Wolfen­stein: The New Or­der. The re­marks were made by vet­eran ac­tor Brian Bloom – the voice of mus­cu­lar spy B. J. Blazkow­icz, no less – when quizzed about the po­ten­tial project in a re­cent in­ter­view. “If you look at Bethesda’s E3 2016 lineup there was a ti­tle hinted at in a cool way,” he said. “Per­haps we’re work­ing on that as we speak.” You com­plete rake.

The tease Bloom’s re­fer­ring to was one of Bethesda’s E3 pre­sen­ta­tion slides, which made cryptic ref­er­ence to some­thing called ‘The New Colos­sus’. Bloom’s vague re­marks, along­side sim­i­lar com­ments from Anya’s voice ac­tor, Alicja Bach­leda-Cu­ruś, strongly sug­gest that ‘The New Colos­sus’ will be MachineGam­es’ awaited Wolfen­stein se­quel.

The flames of our spec­u­la­tion bon­fire are stoked fur­ther still by the fact that Wolfen­stein: The New Or­der ends with B. J. recit­ing a well-known poem. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your hud­dled masses yearn­ing to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teem­ing shore. Send these, the home­less, tem­pest-tost to me.” These lines are, of course, en­graved onto a plaque that sits at the base of the Statue of Lib­erty, but they orig­i­nally come from Emma Lazarus’ clas­sic poem, The New Colos­sus.

Amer­i­can dream

Rather than a se­quel chock-full of pa­tri­otic son­nets and ref­er­ences to an­tiq­uity, though, we reckon this lit­er­ary ti­tle might be hint­ing at an Amer­i­can set­ting for the sec­ond en­try in MachineGam­es’ reimag­in­ing of the se­ries. Af­ter telling the resistance to drop a nuke on the fa­cil­ity he was in, B. J.’s fate is left un­cer­tain at the end of The New Or­der. But here’s hop­ing that the Nazi-slay­ing studmuf­fin will be join­ing the fight to re­take his home­land very soon.

OXM is also a lead­ing source for dis­cus­sion of 20th cen­tury son­nets

above Brian Bloom pro­vides the sonorous pipes be­hind this hunky vis­age, but he’s a vet­eran ac­tor in film and tele­vi­sion, too.

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