Bethesda has reactivated Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory’s dedicated multiplayer servers, giving players another chance to interact with the classic 2003 FPS.
While not one of the best FPS games on the market, it still stands out for its intricate map design and class-based gunplay that encourage teamwork. The free-to-play shooter was first added to Steam in April, but until now it only supported community servers using custom maps and mods.
“We are excited to announce that we have deployed official dedicated servers for Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory,” Bethesda subsidiary id wrote in a statement. blog post (opens in new tab). “While the community has hosted – and continues to host – servers with a variety of mods and custom maps that we recommend, we also understand that many players are looking for a more nostalgic experience.
“So from now on you will be able to find official servers running the Enemy Territory Campaign ruleset, with all six original maps and no mods! We set up servers in multiple territories to ensure players around the world can play with relatively low ping.”
Glimpse back in time
Enemy Territory has become something of a cult classic over the last 19 years. The multiplayer shooter was originally released as a spin-off of Return to Castle Wolfenstein and gained a lot of traction among FPS enthusiasts for its semi-realistic competitive matches that were based on the critically acclaimed gunplay of its base game.
It is also a species of endangered breed. With no player progression, unlockables, cosmetics, or microtransactions, Enemy Territory is a very different style of play from Overwatch 2, Call of Duty: Warzone, and other FPS heavyweights we’re used to these days.
Combat is also super fast-paced – suitable for an FPS era when Quake and Unreal Tournament dominated.
Playing as the Allied and Axis forces, teams of eight will battle each other on asymmetrical WWII-era maps dotted with objective points.
The five classes – Soldier, Medic, Engineer, Field Ops and Covert Ops – have unique skills and weapons that need to be coordinated at a frantic pace.
The game’s four new dedicated servers will be hosted in the US, Europe, Australia and the UK, covering most of the English-speaking world and likely most of the game’s small player base. It’s certainly worth checking out if you want a free glimpse into FPS history.