Publisher Bethesda and developer MachineGames have announced that last year’s release Wolfenstein: The New Order will be getting a prequel called Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.
Bethesda described the premise in a press release:
The year is 1946 and the Nazis are on the brink of winning World War II. In an effort to turn the tide in the Allies’ favor, B.J. Blazkowicz must embark on an epic, two-part mission deep within Bavaria. Part one of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves – pits BJ Blazkowicz against a maniacal prison warden as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead’s compound. In part two – The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs – our hero’s search for the coordinates leads him to the city of Wulfburg where an obsessed Nazi archaeologist is exhuming mysterious artifacts that threaten to unleash a dark and ancient power.
We loved The New Order when it came out and responded to both the unique take on architecture and art design and the focus on the individual effects and costs of war, loss, and occupation. While this is likely to be a simpler story than the one we enjoyed in that game, we hope Machine Games can carry over some of that magic.
The title will be a standalone game, not a DLC add on, and will be priced at just $19.99. It’s set to release for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s also set to release on May 5, 2015, so we won’t have to wait long for it.