Released by id Software on the 5th of May, 1992, the gaming world had never seen anything quite like Wolfenstein 3D: A first-person shooter that sported incredible speed, innovative new features and unprecedented violence.
It’s called the grandfather of the first-person shooter genre and while it’s definitely crude compared to modern-day games like Crysis and RAGE, it’s still amazing what the team at id managed to accomplish twenty years ago.
In celebration of ‘the grand daddy’s’ birthday, id Software and Bethesda have released the full version of Wolfenstein 3D as a free-to-play browser-based game, with other celebratory niceties launching alongside it.
You can play Wolfenstein 3D in your browser over here.
id Software co-founder and technical director John Carmack recently played Wolfenstein 3D again to reminisce about the old days and spoke at length about the game’s development – you can ‘watch’ and listen to Carmack’s commentary track for Wolfenstein 3D below to learn a lot more about what went into the game’s creation all those year ago:
Wolfenstein 3D Director’s Commentary with John Carmack
When was the first time you played Wolfenstein 3D?