Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Announced

Bethesda has announced the upcoming release of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to last year’s The New Order.

Set shortly before the events of The New Order, The Old Blood will be split into two parts. Part one will see protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz assaulting Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to find the location of Deathshead’s compound, while part two will take place in the city of Wulfburg, where players must stop the attempts of crazed archaeologist Helga Von Schabbs to unleash a long forgotten power in the battle to win the war.

While The New Order enjoyed a largely positive reception upon its release, many players couldn’t help but be disappointed that the retro sci-fi WWII elements of the game were replaced with more familiar imagery after the introduction was over.

The giant lightning-shooting robots defending against an allied beach invasion; the mechanical, almost clockwork weaponry and the Nazi super-death castle were all strongly praised – while the sudden time jump to the sixties, where the tone and character design changed to a more generic style, was criticised as being jarring. Judging by the gameplay trailer released to accompany the announcement, MachineGames clearly felt similarly.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will be available digitally on May 5 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, priced at £14.99.

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