During our Wolfenstein Reddit AmA, MachineGames’ creative director Jens Matthies let it be known that fellow Swede and renown metal guitarist, Fredrik Thordendal, contributed music for the game. We had a chance to send questions to the legendary Meshuggah guitarist. Check out his answers below, and at the bottom of the page, you can download Thordendal’s in-game track, Herr Faust, below.
What made you interested in contributing music for Wolfenstein: The New Order?
Writing music for a movie or video game has always been on my “want to do list” so when Jens Matthies of MachineGames asked if I was interested — the word yes came to mind.
Was seeing behind the scenes of a video game production different from how you had imagined it to be? If so, in what way?
Yes. I was surprised by how many people are working together on a project like this and how much planning, time and effort have to be spent to implement the simplest things – like a sound/a piece of music – into the game.
What is your creative process like?
Technically it’s different every time but I guess I spend a lot of time trying to listen/hear the music that I already have inside. Sometimes it can be easy but most of the time it’s really hard to make out what’s going on. Then I trying to figure out how to translate that to the musical instruments of my choice – being drums, electric bass, electric guitars, vocals. Hm, this sounds weird.
What do you love about music?
The places it can show us. To me music is nothing but magic.
And that means I’m running out of time to produce really bad Wolfenstein puns.
That’s right, Wolfenstein: The New Order releases on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC this Tuesday, May 20th. We’ll be getting ready for launch tomorrow with a one-hour livestream on Twitch.TV/Bethesda. Tune in on Monday at 2 PM EST!
Want to see more of Wolfenstein in action? In addition to our archived streams on the Bethesda Twitch channel, I had the opportunity to stream the game live for several sites last week. See my humbling demise during one checkpoint at GameTrailers, my Dikembe Mutombo impression at Polaris, and a near-perfect playthrough for Machinima — only to be spoiled by letting my own explosive destroy me.
A reminder that this weekend the Bethesda community is supporting the 3rd annual Operation Supply Drop. Support US and ally troops by donating to our official page here.
Helping to support the cause are several Twitch streamers who will be giving away Bethesda games and swag during their streams. Beginning tomorrow morning, check in to watch the following streams that will include a number of our games, including The Elder Scrolls Online!
The Resistance has gathered and the time to rise against the Nazi’s is upon us. Watch our final pre-release gameplay trailer for Wolfenstein: The New Order.
Wolfenstein: The New Order releases next week – Tuesday, May 20th – on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. As an added bonus, everyone who pre-orders the game will be invited to access the DOOM beta with their copy of Wolfenstein.
For more information on the DOOM beta access pre-order bonus, as well as applicable terms and restrictions, please visit: www.wolfenstein.com/DOOM.
As we announced in March, we’ve teamed up with Dark Horse Comics to bring you this amazing art book. This hardcover collection features full-color artwork and developer commentary from the team at MachineGames. Spanning more than 200 pages, the collection covers all facets of the game’s design — concept art, characters design, landscapes & settings, and technology — all inspired by MachineGames’ plot twist for 1960s based Wolfenstein where the Nazis won World War II and conquered the globe.
The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order is currently available in local comic shops and from Dark Horse’s website and will be available from other online retailers on May 27th. Get psyched!
We’re very excited and proud to share news that at this year’s LARA (also known as The German Games Award), Bethesda Game Studios’ Todd Howard will receive the ‘LARA of Honor’ award.
Widely considred the highlight of the annual award show, the LARA of Honor has been given out since 2007. Previous winners include Ralph H Baer (2007), Allan Alcorn (2007), Jürgen Goeldner (2008), Alexej Pajitnov (2009), Nolan Bushnell (2010), Yves Guillemot (2011), Will Wright (2012) and Richard Garriott (2013).
Everyone at Bethesda is very excited for Todd to receive this award. It’s a testament to the hard work he and the BGS team has done, and to the great games they have produced over the last 20 years.