Wolfenstein: The New Order's 60s Nazi Pop Soundtrack Revealed
Written Thursday, March 27, 2014 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Wolfenstein: The New Order tells a chilling tale in which the Nazis won World War II and essentially took over the world. As such, MachineGames has even gone to the lengths of creating a German 60s Nazi pop soundtrack, featuring songs that riff on Beach Boys, Monkees and Sonny & Cher.
"We wanted to identify with different sounds that were kind of iconic, 1960s sounds, and then do our own twist on them to make a sound authentic enough that it felt realistic, but then, there's also something inherently funny about a German Beach Boys cover band, "Pete Hines, Bethesda's Marketing VP told Polygon.
The tracks come under the banner of the game's fictional Neumond Recordings record label, with songs sung in German to enforce Wolfenstein: The New Order's alternate reality premise, in which a world under the jackboot of an oppressive Nazi regime would be speaking the language. The game's hero BJ Blazkowicz finds himself awakening in this terrifying world, as what HInes calls "a stranger out of time."
"The Nazis aren't going to be folks who are fine with you singing in English," Hines continued. "The developers felt it was important that, for immersion purposes, these things be in their native language, to reinforce the idea that you're a stranger out of time."
Check out some of the 'Neumond Classics' 60s songs you'll hear in Wolfenstein: The New Order in the Neumond Recordings video below. Our favourite is Hans and his song "Mein Kleiner VW". What's yours?
Wolfenstein: The New Order is out on May 20th, 2014.