Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is now out (we'll have a review up shortly), and the important thing to remember about it is that despite the "2" in the title the game is actually canonical with the rest of the Wolfenstein series going back to 2001's Return To Castle Wolfenstein. The one game in the series that has been removed from story canon is the classic Wolfenstein 3D, featuring as it does a final battle to the death with Hitler in a giant robot Mech Suit.
Now according to a piece of lore found in Wolfenstein 2, the bizarre events of Wolfenstein 3D seem to have only occurred in the addled mind of Adolf Hitler himself... then again, maybe it did happen. Details are below.
It's been well reported that Adolf Hitler appears in person in Wolfenstein 2, for the first time in the series since that battle in Wolfenstein 3D in 1992. This Hitler however is far less impressive, as he's now 72, pissing and vomiting everywhere and suffering intense brain-warped delusions. He also mentions about how he defeated and killed Terror-Billy, aka player character BJ Blazkowicz, when of course it was Frau Engel who did this and Hitler had nothing to do with it.
In the very final room of the game, just after the huge battle on the flying Ausmerzer and before finishing the level (and the game), there is a postcard on the side that's easy to miss if you're eager to see the game's ending. It's sent from Adolf Hitler to Frau Engel, and here's what it looks like:
The postcard explains how Hitler thinks that he defeated Blazkowicz, which was "inside one of those mechanical robots General Strasse built for me", which is exactly how the battle against Mecha-Hitler occurred in Wolfenstein 3D... except that, of course, it didn't happen. This is all in Hitler's messed-up mind. This suggests that the non-canonical events of Wolfenstein 3D did happen, but only in the diseased brain of Adolf Hitler - and he won that boss battle, too.
However, a newspaper in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the previous Wolfenstein game by MachineGames, suggests there may be some truth to the events. This newspaper mentions an encounter Hitler had in Castle Wolfenstein with "the Castle Wolfenstein terrorist" suggesting that they had a fight and Der Fuhrer survived. The newspaper, and Hitler himself, claims that the terrorist was defeated by Hitler and was executed. He is quoted as saying, "it is time to quell the insidious rumors claiming that I was badly hurt by the terrorist and that he managed to escape. They were fabrications manufactured by our enemies."
So did the events where BJ Blazkowicz fought a Mecha-Adolf Hitler actually happen, or do they only exist in the brain of an insane 72-year-old dictator believing his own propaganda? In our interview with the game's Senior Games Designer Arcade Berg, he rather emphatically says "No!" when we ask if BJ ever fought Mecha-Hitler. To be fair though, I think we surprised him.
What do you guys think? Did Hitler actually fight BJ, or is the diseased dictator simply believing his own lies and the events of Wolfenstein 3D only happened in his head? And are you enjoying Wolfenstein 2? Let us know in the comments!