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New Wolfenstein shooter announced for holiday 2013

The game the spawned a thousand first-person shooter knockoffs is coming back, complete with Nazis, monsters and impossible odds.

Bethesda Softworks is bringing back B.J. Blazkowicz in Wolfenstein: The New Order, a long-teased game that extends the adventure that began with 1992's Wolfenstein 3D (itself a revamp of the 1981 2D game Castle Wolfenstein).

Complete with a breathy, gravelly trailer, Bethesda confirmed the game is slated to arrive later this year, probably in the holiday period. The story on Gamespot announcing the reboot suggests that Nazi leadership has rewritten history to win the war, as the game takes place in 1960.

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The last game in the series, 2009's Wolfenstein, was a sales flop for publisher Activision. This time out the developer is MachineGames in Uppsala, Sweden, which was formed by founders of Starbreeze Studios, makers of such games as The Darkness and Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. Fans of the series will hope new publisher Bethesda has better luck than Activision.

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