We got a nice surprise when this nugget dropped in our mailbox yesterday, MachineGames and Bethesda have been working on a prequel to last years brilliant Wolfenstein: The New Order. Coming in May this year, the standalone adventure, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, will get us back into that alternate universe that was so well constructed that it caused us to name it one of the surprises of 2014, and brought us to the conclusion that it’s the best reboot we’ve seen. We’d been hoping for some more single player DLC, a new game is a unexpected bonus!
Taking us back to 1946 with the Nazis about to win World War II, B.J. Blazkowicz embarks on an epic, two-part mission deep within Bavaria. The first part “Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves” returns us to the titular Castle Wolfenstein to face off against a maniacal prison warden and obtain the whereabouts of General Deathshead (come on, you still mentally hear that as Death Shed, don’t you?). For the second act “The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs” we’re off to the city of Wulfburg where an obsessed Nazi archaeologist is exhuming mysterious artefacts that threaten to unleash a dark and ancient power. We’re not seeing an Indiana Jones adventure there at all!
We genuinely loved the game last year, and if the team at MachineGames craft half the wonderful experience they managed there it’s going to be well worth buying, even if it isn’t a fully fledged outing. Get brushing up on your German language skills and your pre-orders in, the game will be coming out 5th May at both retail and digitally for PC and PS4, and Xbox Live only for the Xbox One. Expect it to cost £14.99 and be a lot of fun.