A series of multiplayer environment screen shots alleged to be from Raven’s upcoming FPS Wolfenstein has been leaked onto the internet.
An unnamed “industry source” reported the Photobucket gallery of screens to Shacknews yesterday. The images are labeled with the Wolfenstein logo and an id Software copyright notice, and they do fit with Wolfenstein’s “alternate Second World War” setting, but their authenticity has not yet been verified. When contacted about the shots, an Activision rep said, “The screens in question were not distributed by Activision or approved by Activision, and thus Activision cannot confirm their authenticity.”
The screens are as sexy as you’d expect from an id/Raven game and have that unique blend of straight-up World War 2 and otherworldly weirdness that Wolfenstein is famous for. One other point of potential interest: Regalia in the screens feature the stylized “W” Wolfenstein logo rather than swastikas. A kinder, gentler Nazi Germany perhaps?
My vote? They’re real. Wolfenstein, the sequel to id’s 2001 FPS Return to Castle Wolfenstein, is currently in development for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, and is scheduled for release in summer 2009.