How Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus looks without fog

Since the initial release of the New Colossus Tweaker for Wolfenstein II, I was asked by a few people if there was a way to disable the rendering of the fog, which is prevalent in many levels throughout the game. As in the previous games, there is indeed a way to stop rendering the fog, which I included as an option in the new version v0.2 of the mod. As with the head bobbing, you can use a corresponding toggle binding to switch the effect on or off from within the game.

However, unlike for example Wolfentein: The Old Blood, where the fog was used rather conservatively, the levels in New Colossus were deliberately designed with the fog in mind. Most notably, it has a big influence on how levels are lit. While some areas in my opinion look flat out better without the fog, others arguably look weird or at least very different.

I compiled a series of screenshots to highlight the differences for several areas. You can right click an image and open it in a new tab for a full size version.


The first thing I noticed was how many areas are using fog at least in some way. Even many indoor areas, such as Evas Hammer, use fog to a certain degree; mostly to create light shaft effects, which I often found to be a bit too intense.

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In some areas, such as Venus, the fog actually hides a lot of detail that is almost invisible with the fog enabled.

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Other outdoor areas hide details behind the fog too, but sometimes also backgrounds that are of poorer quality.

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Darker areas often have the most severe differences in appearance. One obvious example is the enigma version of the Mesquite farmhouse.

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There are also levels that are clearly designed with the fog in place and show really weird lighting when it is disabled; for example some New Orleans areas.

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If you want to try it out for yourself, you can find the mod along with additional information on PC Gaming Wiki here.

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