[su_highlight background=”#3b88ff” color=”#ffffff”]Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Developer: MachineGames | Publisher: Bethesda | ESRB: M | Release Date: May 5, 2015[/su_highlight]

Bethesda and MachineGames are taking us back to the world of Wolfenstein: the New Order with a stand-alone prequel titled, Wolfenstein: the Old Blood. The surprise announcement comes with a release date attached, and it looks like we won’t be waiting long to enter the world of B.J. Blazkowicz as the game is pegged for May 5, 2015. Check out the launch trailer:

The trailer obviously has a pulp-action and comedic style to it. Hopefully it won’t take anything away from The New Order which received lots of positive buzz from it’s quality story and strong character development. Still, this is a prequel, set in B.J.’s slightly younger days, before the fateful encounter with Deathshead saw him losing more than a decade of his life, and the Allies losing the war.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood takes place in 1946 as the Allies close in on winning the War against the Nazis. The game is focused on a two-part mission for B.J., beginning with Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, where he takes on an insane prison warden during his infiltration of the famed Castle Wolfenstein. The second part of his mission, The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Shabbs, takes B.J, to Wulfburg. Here an archaeologist is uncovering artifacts that hold a dark and evil power which threatens the Allies cause.  You call this archaeology?

Again, we hope that the campier tone displayed in the trailer doesn’t somehow take away from the quality of The New Order, as that title was this writer’s game of the year for 2014. This is a $19.99 title so I wouldn’t expect the depth and length of the last game. Think of this as a stand-alone backstory DLC. Gameplay will be demoed at the rapidly approaching PAX East.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is coming May 5 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.



James Schumacher
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