Wolfenstein is a fictional world created by Silas Warner in 1981, based on Germany during World War II. Initially, the titles set in the universe were strictly military themed, but, in 1992, id Software began adding elements of science fiction and religious fiction to the world. The series now features a dozen games, a comic book series, many fan projects, and even an attempt to make a film, but it never materialized.
The game series began as a stealth game where you would have to try and avoid guards and sneak through Nazi barracks, but id Software changed it into an action first-person shooter. Later titles continued with the strong action elements, but also began reintroducing stealth elements in certain missions.
Titles in the Wolfenstein series seem to be released in spurts. Castle Wolfenstein and Beyond Castle Wolfenstein were released in the early 1980s, by Muse, then there was a dry spell. id Software successfully convinced Warner to let them expand the series and they created Wolfenstein 3-D in 1992, then made various expansion packs, and ported the tiles to many different platforms throughout the 1990s, but no unique titles were released until 2001 with Return to Castle Wolfenstein. There was another long gap until it was followed up with Wolfenstein, then another five years until the next game. However, in the past five years, the series has been seeing a new game once a year.
|1981-??-??||Castle Wolfenstein||Muse Software||Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, PC Booter|
|1983-??-??||Beyond Castle Wolfenstein||Muse Software||Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, PC Booter|
|1992-05-05||Wolfenstein 3-D||id Software||MS-DOS, Acorn 32-bit, Game Boy Advance, PC-98|
|1992-??-??||Spear of Destiny||id Software||MS-DOS|
|1994-02-10||Wolfenstein 3-D||id Software||SNES, Jaguar|
|1995-01-??||Wolfenstein 3-D||id Software||Macintosh, 3DO, Apple IIgs|
|2001-11-19||Return to Castle Wolfenstein||Gray Matter Interactive Studios||Windows, Linux, Macintosh|
|2003-05-28||Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory||Splash Damage||Windows, Linux, Macintosh|
|2008-??-??||Wolfenstein RPG||Fountainhead Entertainment||BlackBerry, BREW, iPhone, J2ME|
|2009-08-18||Wolfenstein||Raven Software Corporation||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows|
|2014-05-19||Wolfenstein: The New Order||MachineGames||Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One|
|2015-05-04||Wolfenstein: The Old Blood||MachineGames||Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|2017-10-26||Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus||MachineGames||Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch|
|2019-07-26||Wolfenstein: Youngblood||MachineGames||Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch|