Wolfenstein: The New Order

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Wolfenstein: The New Order
Wolfenstein: The New Order cover
Developers
MachineGames
Publishers
Bethesda Softworks
Engines
id Tech 5
Release dates
Windows May 20, 2014
Wolfenstein
Castle Wolfenstein 1981
Beyond Castle Wolfenstein 1984
Wolfenstein 3D 1992
Spear of Destiny 1992
Return to Castle Wolfenstein 2001
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory 2003
Wolfenstein 2009
Wolfenstein: The New Order 2014
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood 2015

Key points

Use id5 Tweaker to change advanced settings and optimize performance.
Major performance issues on ATI/AMD systems. Frequent pop-in related to the MegaTexture system[citation needed]

General information

PC Report
Official Wolfenstein series site
Wolfenstein Wiki - A detailed wiki for every Wolfenstein game made.
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Community Discussions (German Edition)

Availability[edit]

All versions require Steam DRM.

Version differences[edit]

The German Edition (aka LV Release) only includes the German language and has content differences (e.g. no swastikas).
The Panzerhund Edition does not include the game or any in-game extras.[1]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use +com_skipIntroVideo 1 command line argument[citation needed]

Enabling the console[edit]

Use +com_allowConsole 1 command line argument[citation needed]
Open the console with Ctrl+Alt+~ / Ctrl+Alt++.

Disable camera sway[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  • Open the console and enter cvaradd pm_nobob 1, to reset use -1

Notes

Aiming and crouching will be almost instant, feeling considerably odd.
Using the scope on the AR Marksman Rifle will no longer be possible.

Completely disable post process effects[edit]

Simply use a negative value such as -1 in order to turn the effects back to their default values again.
Only Depth of field[citation needed]
  • Open the console and enter cvaradd r_postprocessdofmode 0
All post process effects[citation needed]
  • Open the console and enter cvaradd r_skippostprocess 1

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\MachineGames\Wolfenstein The New Order\base\wolfConfig.cfg

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\MachineGames\Wolfenstein The New Order\base\savegame

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Use Flawless Widescreen.[2]
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
From 80° to 100° horizontal. 4:3 base. See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Listed as Fullscreen Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Add +vt_maxaniso "4" in the launch options. Values higher than 4 have no effect.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Add +r_multisamples "16" in the launch options to enable 16x MSAA. This will reduce jaggies on some geometry edges, but has no effect on the majority of edges in the game.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Cutscenes are capped at 30 FPS.
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS. See High frame rate.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

id5 Tweaker increases the upper limit of the FOV to 200 and allows changing the FOV of the hands and weapons.
Adjust FOV values[citation needed]
  1. Install id5 Tweaker.
  2. Edit id5Tweaker.ini.
  3. Set the desired FOV values.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Alternative Vsync[citation needed]
  1. Go to the Video Options menu, then set Vsync to Off.
  2. Open the console, and enter r_swapInterval 1

Notes

Slightly less intensive than the default Vsync setting.
Might cause the audio to desync during cutscenes.

High frame rate[edit]

Increasing FPS cap past 90 causes one game-breaking bug in Chapter 2, and can result in uneven frame-pacing on G-Sync and FreeSync enabled displays.
Increase FPS cap[citation needed]
  1. Install id5 Tweaker.
  2. Edit id5Tweaker.ini.
  3. Set the desired FPS cap.

Input settings[edit]

Some useful console commands would be listBinds, unbind in order to force certain keys to be unbound and unbindAll
In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Certain keys such as the E and J keys cannot be completely rebound without editing via console/config files
Mouse acceleration
Disabled by default.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Can be changed by editing .cfg.[citation needed]
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Other
Touchscreen optimised
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Binding keys through the console[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Open the console with Ctrl+~ or Ctrl+\ or Ctrl+^.
  2. Use bind "key" "_action" in order to bind your keys.

Notes

Use listBinds in order to view a list of actions every key is set to.

Binding keys by editing configuration files[edit]

Instructions[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Edit wolfConfig.cfg.
  3. Search/replace "hidden duplicate" bindings such as "_use"

Notes

This is useful for altering WSAD => EDSF layouts, as the action to exit the submarine (in the appropriate level) is bound to the "_use" action.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master volume slider only.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0.
Subtitles
None, foreign languages only, or always on.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German
German Edition only.
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Russian
Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use 3D Surround Gaming fix.
TriDef 3D
iZ3D
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues fixed[edit]

"Wolfenstein is not responding" crash[edit]

The game may crash soon after starting when using outdated graphics card drivers.
Install recommended graphics card drivers[4][5]
  1. Update your graphics card drivers:
  2. Start the game again.

Low frame rate[edit]

Run the game as an administrator. See Privilege Level[citation needed]
Disable the in-game Vsync and force it through the NVIDIA Control Panel[citation needed]
Disable the Screen Space Reflections and lower the Shadow Resolution value[citation needed]

Texture cache not being stored[edit]

The texture cache folder is not made by the game so the cache is regenerated for each session.
Make texture cache folder[6]
  1. Go to %LOCALAPPDATA% and make a folder named MachineGames
  2. Go into that folder and make a folder named Wolfenstein The New Order
  3. The game will now correctly store the texture cache between sessions.

Notes

The game creates two files there, one of which is 1 GB in size. This file is not deleted after ending or uninstalling the game and has to be deleted manually.
Normal Windows shortcuts do not work to relocate the MachineGames folder or the Wolfenstein The New Order folder to another drive.
If your Windows OS supports it, an NTFS junction point (mklink /J <link> <target>) will allow redirecting the folder to a different location.
Setting command line option +fs_cachepath "E:\your_cache_path_here" should also work to redirect the cache folder.

Endless loading screen[edit]

Verify the cache integrity on Steam[citation needed]
  1. Right click on Wolfenstein: The New Order and select Properties
  2. Go to Local Files and select Verify integrity of game cache.

Wolfenstein: The New Order crashes to desktop on random intervals on AMD Graphics Cards[edit]

There is an issue where Catalyst AI causes the crashes. In older drivers this could be turned off in the software, but now it must be done manually.
Disable Catalyst AI[7]
  1. Go to %LOCALAPPDATA%\ATI\ACE
  2. Back up Profiles.xml.
  3. Open Profiles.xml using an xml reader (Notepad or Notepad++ works for this).
  4. Search for the Catalyst AI entries and change the value to Disable. There are two entries in the file.
  5. Save Profiles.XML and restart your PC.

Notes

If the game continues to crash, don't forget to exit out Raptr and AMD Gaming Evolved.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 3.2
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Requires a 64-bit system.
Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 7, 8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i7
AMD equivalent
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
ATI Radeon HD 6850

References

  1. The Bethesda Store - Wolfenstein: The New Order Panzerhund Edition
  2. WSGF - Eyefinity/Nvidia Surround Support
  3. ESDF Key Bindings and Chapter 10 Tunnel Glider - Steam Community
  4. Wolfenstein: The New Order PC Support - PC - Bethesda Softworks Forums
  5. "Wolfenstein is not responding" :: Wolfenstein: The New Order General Discussions
  6. Texture Cache Directory: Needs to be created :: Wolfenstein: The New Order General Discussions
  7. Wolfenstein: The New Order keeps Crashing to Desktop : Reddit Gamesupport