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Did Bethesda just tease a new Wolfenstein game?

What is "The New Colossus"?

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Bethesda Softworks went old-school in kicking off its E3 2016 press briefing, starting the show with a PC bootup sequence straight out of the MS-DOS era. The screen featured a list of game titles from Bethesda's back catalog, along with their release dates, but there was one name with no date next to it: "The New Colossus."

"The New Colossus" was listed just below MachineGames' two Wolfenstein games, 2014's Wolfenstein: The New Order and its prequel, 2015's Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. It appeared above the four Doom games from id Software, including this year's Doom. (You can see a screencap below.)

But there's reason to believe that "The New Colossus" is the next Wolfenstein title. The phrase happens to be the title of an Emma Lazarus poem that is inscribed on a plaque at the Statue of Liberty. At the end of Wolfenstein: The New Order, protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz gives a monologue that evokes Lazarus' sonnet. Of course, the appearance of "The New Colossus" in the list could just be a reference to The New Order's ending, an Easter egg in Bethesda's presentation for people who completed the game.

MachineGames didn't appear at Bethesda's E3 showcase this year, except in a segment during which the publisher thanked all of its subsidiary studios. There's no word on what MachineGames is currently working on, although the company is staffing up for a first-person game, according to job listings on its website.

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