In an attempt to take a moral high ground on the gaming industry, or perhaps to gain exposure for raising funds for his own game, indie developer Luc Bernard called next-gen title Wolfenstein: The New Order an insult to the Holocaust, according to a report today from GamesIndustry.
Bernard said the first-person shooter, which takes place in the 1960s in an alternate history in which the Nazi’s won World War II, was made in poor taste.
"You've seen it, right? I think they have robot Nazis or something like that? That's what I would call distasteful," Bernard said.
"I'd nearly say it spits on what happened during World War II. You're taking what the Nazis represent –– a mass genocide, the killing of so many people –– and you're making it seem like a toy, a game. It's an insult to the Holocaust."
Bernard is attempting to raise funds for his own title, Imagination is the Only Escape, an “educational, story-driven game game about the Holocaust through the eyes of a child,” he describe it.
The indie developer is looking to publish the game on his own, saying, “This (game) doesn’t really fit with publishers.”
“I don't have anything against them, but a game like this doesn't fit in their market model. Even when I was trying to find people to pitch it to, they proposed instead that I try and get the license to Maus, the comic book,” Bernard said.
“I said, ‘No, that's a great story, but this is my own thing. I don't want to use someone else's license.’ This just isn't an easy game to do through traditional methods.”
Bernard’s funding campaign is at $3,441 as of today reports GamesIndustry, with a goal of raising $125,000.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is set to drop sometime in 2014.