Welcome to a Nazified America, where Germany won World War II and forced its totalitarian regime upon the freedom-loving citizens of the good ol' US of A. No, we're not talking about Philip K. Dick, we're talking about Bethesda's Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.
While the game was released last fall, the company is gearing up to launch a version for the Nintendo Switch later this month, and as such put the entire two-and-a-half-hour soundtrack by Australian composer Mick Gordon on YouTube with absolutely no strings attached; a few tracks were done by Danish composer Martin Stig Andersen. The score was nominated for “Best Music in a Game” at the 2018 New York Game awards, as well as “Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition” at the 2018 DICE awards.
Dropped into an alternate version of 1961 where Nazi Germany reigns supreme, players take on the persona of Jewish resistance fighter William "B.J." Blazkowicz. The character first made his appearance in 1992's Wolfenstein 3D and has been kicking more Nazi butt than Indiana Jones ever since.
Head to the video below to hear the soundtrack, which Bethesda describes as:
"A powerfully eclectic compilation ranging from dark ambient compositions to cinematic scores to energetic rock tracks; providing a diverse soundscape for Wolfenstein II’s cinematic narrative across 41 tracks spanning over two hours of runtime."
Following in the footsteps of Wolfenstein: The New Order, the America in which The New Colossus is set is familiar, yet entirely and drastically different. Yes, there are quiz shows, family-friendly programming, cop dramas, rock 'n' roll, and malt shops, but they all have a dark side: the evil and cruel ideology and technology of the Third Reich.
For example, the aforementioned game show has the threatening title of "German... or Else," while the family-oriented series is called "Liesel," a Lassie-esque show that revolves around a terrifying mecha beast created by German engineering. A "Leave It to Beaver"-inspired series called "Trust in Brother" extols the virtues of exerting self-control, honoring the Fatherland, and ratting out subversives to the Gestapo.
Honestly, the marketing and detail put into the sequel are astoundingly awesome, since the developers actually put real thought into how American culture might evolve under the crushing jackboot of Nazi rule.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus arrives for the Switch on June 29, but you can buy the soundtrack on all digital platforms June 19.