‘Wolfenstein: The New Order’: Warren Spector Issues Apology After Initial Comments

Apology Comes After Backlash From 'Wolfenstein' Community

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On Tuesday, noted game designer Warren Spector bashed “Wolfenstein: The New Order” on his Facebook page. He said:

“Did the world really need another Wolfenstein game? Did we need a generically dark, monochromatic, FPS, kill-the-Nazi-giant-robot game? Uh. No. The world did not," Spector said. "I am so tired of stuff like this...Oh, and could we all just agree we'll never use the generic gravelly-whisper trailer voice guy ever again? And one more thing: Please stop using Jimi Hendrix to promote your adolescent male power fantasies.”

Spector's harsh comments on the new "Wolfenstein" game polarized fans. One commenter said:

“completely agree. i have nothing less than the utmost respect for you [sic]”

But another disagreed with Spector’s comments:

“Hater - crapping on another creative team in his own industry. Bad form.”

Today, Spector issued an apology on his Facebook page.

“1. I'M SORRY. I owe the Wolfenstein team an apology," Spector said. "I wasn't trying to diss you or your game. I have total respect for anyone making a game. I know how hard it is… And to everyone who pointed out that I didn't know enough about the game to judge, well, you were right. Consider this my mea culpa. I hope I can buy you guys a coffee or something at some show to make up for all this rigamarole.”

While we consider this apology to be a classy move on Spector’s part, we wish he had stuck to his guns, assuming that his initial post about “Wolfenstein: The New Order” represents his true feelings about the game. If he indeed had a change of heart, then more power to him.

Moreover, let’s not forget that this is Warren Spector, whose resume includes some of gaming’s all-time classics, including the "Wing Commander" and "Ultima" series, "Thief: The Dark Project," "System Shock" and "Deus Ex." If someone with those credentials can’t let his feelings be known about something related to his field, then who can?

Do you agree with Warren Spector’s initial comments? Are you glad that he apologized for them? Should he have apologized? How do you feel about the “Wolfenstein: The New Order” announcement? Sound off in the comments below.

Check out the trailer for “Wolfenstein: The New Order,” courtesy of YouTube, below:

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