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Wednesday, August 7, 2002

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Wolfenstein Expansion to Go Standalone
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In a somewhat unexpected turn of events, Activision has announced that the upcoming expansion pack for Return to Castle Wolfenstein will be a stand alone product; gamers will not need Return to Castle Wolfenstein in order to play it. What's more, Computer and Video Games.com has managed to have a little chat with Activision's Jonathan Moses and Todd Hollenshead about the expansion pack itself, and what gamers can look forward to at its release.

Hollenshead had this to say about the change in plans:

What were your reasons for making Enemy Territory stand-alone?

Hollenshead: Well, I think the big thing was that we didn't want to have ownership of Return To Castle Wolfenstein to be a factor in the purchase of it. If you really liked the things in Enemy Territory, or you really were a hardcore multiplayer fan and you wanted to do the cool stuff in the multiplayer, you didn't have to buy Return To Castle Wolfenstein first. And then from a content standpoint, I think that a lot of the stuff we wanted to do really lent itself to shipping an executable with the game.

The expansion, titled Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, will add many new features to the already award-winning Wolfenstein formula. Besides the usual addition of a singelplayer campaign and new multiplayer maps, many new features will be added to the gameplay: new and updated player classes, new weapons, bot support, and even squad-based solo play.
The game sees you reprise the role of Nazi-basher BJ Blazkowicz, thrown behind enemy lines and up against the toughest of the Reich's troops. However this time you're not alone: Wolfenstein has gone squad-based. "We're taking the team based/squad-based gameplay that you have in multiplayer and bringing it to single player game," says Activision's Jonathan Moses as he introduces us to Enemy Territory. "You have a squad of US Rangers and Special Forces guys to help you meet your objectives and [these bots] fill in the roles of the Engineer, the Lieutenant, the Medic and Soldiers, and play alongside you and follow your orders to help you meet your objectives and finish off the mission." The singleplayer missions play much like more complex versions of the multiplayer from the previous game, with you barking orders at your troops such as "Follow me" or "Medic!", rather than at a player thousands of miles away at the other end of a modem. They'll play as a team, follow your orders and once obstacles in your way have been taken care of, such as gaining entry into enemy bunkers or breaching enemy lines of defence, they'll go on to carry out the mission's primary objective.
Be sure to read the full interview/preview for more information regarding the new expansion. While no Mac version has been announced, you can still order the original Return to Castle Wolfenstein off of IMG's store for a special price of $44. You must be a MacGames CD subscriber in order to take advantage of this offer.

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