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After the recent 3.0 release of Wolfenstein - Blade of Agony, a free FPS inspired by WWII shooters from the 90's and early 2000's they gathered a lot of feedback and another release is out now.

Some of the changes they needed to do were actually quite urgent it seems, as not long after the 3.0 release with the last episode they took the whole thing down. There was a concern on how some elements of WWII were shown in the game, especially from German news and gaming websites. It's a tough subject, especially with certain German laws and so they made steps to adjust parts of the game and this 3.1 release is the result of that.

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3.1 Release Highlights:

  • New launcher (written from the ground, with additional options)
  • Addons (a total of 12 gameplay mutators, featuring interesting replay-possibilities, loadable with the launcher)
  • Ultra-Widescreen support (for 21:9 screens)
  • New damage and powerup screen indicators (including indicators for grenades, damage direction, damage types, powerup cooldowns)
  • Completely revamped fullscreen hud (powered by a new widget system, with transparent backgrounds)
  • New additional boss battles and enemies
  • Achievements system (total of 34, achievement board in the briefing room)
  • Performance improvements (higher fps rates on weaker machines)
  • Improvements to make the player-placed mines more useful
  • Sprite improvements (additonal rotational sprites for 1-directional enemies, hires sprites for numerous lowres variants)
  • Options menu simplification (making it more accessable to people outside the GZDoom community)
  • Includes latest stable GZDoom 4.6
  • Countless bugfixes, adjustments and improvements (over 400 Github commits)
  • Replacement and improval of edgy and sensitive content (e.g. removal of historical references towards the Holocaust, character renaming, content replacement)

You can download it from Mod DB, Flathub and as a Snap too.

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Samsai Jul 13, 2021
To pre-empt certain kinds of comments I've already seen elsewhere, I will leave the link to the developers' account on why they considered these changes to be necessary:

Many opinions can be had about what kind of content could and should go into a WW2 game and to what extent a game should educate its players on the ugly parts of the topic, but I agree with the developers that the world of Wolfenstein with its fictional scifi and magical aspects isn't best suited to tell those stories.

I've yet to try out the third episode and I'm excited to try it out after I've seen all the changes that were made to the second episode. I'm also glad that I'll get to go through the second episode with the new performance improvements.
AsciiWolf Jul 13, 2021
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QuoteThere was a concern on how some elements of WWII were shown in the game, especially from German news and gaming websites. It's a tough subject, especially with certain German laws and so they made steps to adjust parts of the game and this 3.1 release is the result of that.

That's a shame. I hope it will still be possible to re-enable the censored parts.

edit: This seems to be a changelog of the censored parts:
- The "concentration camp" term is changed to a "prison camp" (only the term, not the map itself)
- All references to jewish prisoners in the former camp have been removed
- The historical correct but anti-semitic content in the World Exhibition in Paris has completely been replaced
- Every anti-semitic Nazi advertisement posters and drawings have been replaced
- The terms "holocaust" and "Final Solution" have been replaced

Last edited by AsciiWolf on 14 July 2021 at 12:20 pm UTC
Izaic Jul 14, 2021
They really should have made a separate censored version instead of censoring the game for everyone. People need to grow up and move on instead of censoring every little thing. It's utterly ridiculous.
redman Jul 14, 2021
I have to say that I understand the developers, they have touch a really sore subject... In Germany for generations the people have not speak about the war, was the shame of the country so people didn't speak about it. Until the 2013 with Generation War wasn't a film or tv serie that shows what happen on the russian campaing wikipedia.
So when they change it they take a step to the side and not make the work of six years fall in a place that will be judged because they touch a sore subject and not the content of it.
Change is coming, slowly like always when there is no willing to acknowledge past mistakes but two years ago the remove from the ban list Wolfestein 3d.

Just in case this is a personal opinion from talking with a lot of German people, young and old.
mcphail Jul 14, 2021
It'll be a while before I have the snap updated for this one, due to day job commitments. Will come along at some point, but I can't give an ETA.
Dan_igrok Jul 14, 2021
I've just finished the whole game yesterday. It's a shame I didn't know about this update, now that I've uninstalled the game. I might play it again for the achievements some day...
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