'Make America Nazi Free Again' slogan in Wolfenstein II enrages right-wing gamers

Nazi killing video game 'Wolfenstein II' is now in the midst of controversy because of the 'Make America Nazi Free' slogan.

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'Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus', the first person shooter video game, which is due for release on October 27, 2017, has fallen in the midst of controversies as a new promotional tweet from the game's developer Bethesda Softworks carried a video of Nazi soldiers marching with the caption, 'Make America Nazi Free Again'.

The thirteen-second video features the Nazi soldiers marching with full glory. The clip also has an overlaid Text, 'Not My America', and it has not gone well with some people in the country.

Right-wing-Nazi supporters against Wolfenstein II

The strong right-wing supporters have started lashing out against Wolfenstein and Bethesda in their Twitter handles, following the controversial tweet. Many Twitter users told that this is a clever marketing strategy from the makers of the game and it is an attempt to tap into the hysterical leftist power fantasy.

Twitter is raging since the video was released. Several users in the discussion platform 'Reddit' called this move from Bethesda, an attempt to inject leftist propaganda in the minds of neutral Americans. However, others on Reddit consider the Tweet from Bethesda a mere publicity stunt to elevate the hype surrounding the game before its release on October 27.

Pete Hines, VP of PR and marketing at Bethesda Softworks, made it clear that their video game is anti-Nazi. He also added that some of the events in the game are directly connected to the current scenarios in the US.

"Wolfenstein has been a decidedly anti-Nazi series since the first release more than 20 years ago. We aren't going to shy away from what the game is about. We don't feel it's a reach for us to say Nazis are bad and un-American, and we're not worried about being on the right side of history here," said Hines to GamesIndustry.

Like all other previous installments, this upcoming version of 'Wolfenstein' will also revolve around the life of a daring lone warrior who fights against the cruel Nazis in the US.

Hines also justified the usage of 'NoMoreNazis in America' hashtag as a part of their promotion.

"The idea of #NoMoreNazis in America is, in fact, what the entire game (and franchise) is about. Our campaign leans into that sentiment, and it, unfortunately, happens to highlight current events in the real world," added Hines.