The Old Blood Offers (a New) Return to Castle Wolfenstein

The Year is 1946. Your mission: infiltrate Castle Wolfenstein and retrieve the coordinates to General Deathshead’s compound. Watch the official gameplay launch trailer for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

That’s right, today you can download the prequel for Wolfenstein: The New Order on your PlayStation 4, PC, or Xbox One. Don’t have The New Order? Doesn’t matter. The Old Blood is a standalone digital title that doesn’t require a purchase of last year’s award-winning shooter. But be warned: once you’ve played through The Old Blood, you’re going be ready for more.

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If you’ve missed any of our details on the game, be sure to check out these features:

  • See the Bethesda Blog written and video previews spanning both halves of The Old Blood.
  • Learn about the new improves to Nightmare Mode in an interview with MachineGames’ Jerk Gustafsson.
  • See the concept art that led to The Old Blood on our official Wolfenstein Facebook page.

Make your return to Castle Wolfenstein (and beyond) today.

Looking for a boxed copy. The Old Blood will also have a physical release in Europe on May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14.

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#BE3 Showcase – Registration Completed/Standby Information

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Updated: Public registration is over, but…

There’s still a chance to attend! Stand-by tickets will be available at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, June 14th and will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. Fans are encouraged to join the ‘Stand-by Tickets’ line along Hollywood Boulevard starting at 1pm on the day of the event for a chance to receive an unclaimed ticket. All reserved tickets not claimed by 6:15pm will be released to stand-by fans.

Already Registered and Looking for an Update?

We will be selecting a lucky group of registered fans to receive official invites on or around May 14th. If you are selected, you – and the guest you registered – must follow the instructions that will come with your official invitation in order to finalize the registration process and RSVP for the event. Once you RSVP you will receive a confirmation email with details on when you can expect your ticket (in the form of a barcode) that you must bring to the event to gain admittance. Please check out our FAQ if you have any questions.

The E3 Showcase will be streamed live on Twitch.TV/Bethesda and our YouTube channel – YouTube.com/BethesdaSoftworks. The pre-show begins at 6.30pm PT and the Showcase kicks-off at 7pm PT. Be sure to tune in on Sunday, June 14th to watch every moment live!

Have questions? We’ve got a FAQ for that.

Swede Dreams: More Nightmares Coming to The Old Blood

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With last year’s studio-debut title, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Sweden-based MachineGames established how they could move B.J. Blazkowicz into an era of story-driven, first-person shooters while staying true to the series legacy and roots. They also proved they can they can make a pretty good homage to the 1992 id Software original — hiding the game’s first level as an Easter Egg.

Nostalgic fans that enjoyed this trip down memory lane will be happy to know that Nightmare Mode has returned in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. Speaking with MachineGame’s Managing Director & Executive Producer, Jerk Gustafsson, we’re happy to report that the entire first episode of Wolf 3D can be found by carefully exploring the contents of The Old Blood.

To learn a little more about the process of bringing the cult classic back, Jerk was nice enough to answer some of our Bethesda Blog questions.

How many Nightmare levels are in The Old Blood?

There are nine Nightmare levels in The Old Blood – one for each chapter in the game. One great improvement we’ve done for The Old Blood is that players will be able to replay each Nightmare level. As soon as you wake up from a Nightmare – by dying, by completing the level or by using the new “wake up” option — you will always be able to go back to bed and enter the Nightmare again.

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Preview Roundup

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As you ready for midnight on May 5th, get a glimpse of what you can expect in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood as various sites go hands on with the game for the very first time.

Previews include:

Xbox Achievements/PlayStation Trophies – “Wolfenstein: The Old Blood ought to be every bit as essential as The New Order was”

AusGamers — “There are also other new weapons in the game, including new long-range bolt-action rifles and my personal favourite, a rocket-firing handgun called the Kampfpistole.”

IGN – “The incredible level of world detail MachineGames established in The New Order continues in The Old Blood, and the team remains committed to its pulp vision of an over-the-top Nazi nightmare.”

PCGamesN — “The Old Blood is MachineGames’ victory lap. It’s shorter than the last game, just eight chapters spread across two interconnecting story arcs, and it’s cheaply priced to reflect this.”

GamesRadar — “Built around the same framework of smartly branching, semi-linear map designs, and free-flowing, emergent strategies of brutal stealth and even more brutal gunplay, this is, if anything, a more intense formulation of The New Order’s heady brew. And I’m not just talking about the combat, which is as demanding, exhilarating, and instantly rewarding as it ever was.”

And in case you missed it, check out our very own Gary Steinman’s first look at various levels from the game.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a standalone game releasing on May 5, 2015, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC for $19.99 / £14.99 / €19.99 / AUD$39.95. The Old Blood will also have a physical release in Europe on May 15, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood — ‘Get Psyched’ Primer (Preloads, System Requirements, and more!)

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood arrives digitally on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam in less than a week. As you get ready to play, here’s some important info to note before May 5th.

It’s Standalone

As we’ve stated previously, you don’t need Wolfenstein: The New Order to play The Old Blood. They’re separate games, and there is no save file carryover between the two. If you’re into great first-person shooter games, we’d certainly love you to play both. If you’ve played The New Order already, it’ll be exciting to see how the early events of the game were set into motion. If you haven’t played either, the $20 price tag gives you a great introduction into MachineGames’ new take on the Wolfenstein universe.

We’ll leave it up to you to determine how your loved ones experience the two games — deciding between playing the original or the prequel first.

Pre-Load and System Requirements after the break…

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Reviews are in for The Evil Within: The Consequence

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Ready for more survival horror?

With a few days of release under its belt, positive reviews for The Evil Within’s newest DLC, The Consequence, have made their way online. In particular, reviewers are highlighting the game’s storyline, chilling atmosphere, and memorable boss battles.

Highlights include:

Game Revolution (8/10) — “The Evil Within’s story can be hard to follow with all its moving parts and multi-dimensional layers. But there are a lot of fans out there, including myself, who find it fascinating. If you’re one of these people, The Consequence is a must-play as it addresses questions left unanswered at the end of the the main story by allowing you to see what happens from Juli Kidman’s perspective. Things are not as they seem.”

Bloody Disgusting (8/10) — The Evil Within had some memorable bosses, but there are a few here that give them a run for their money. The final boss is just good enough to make me think the whole point of Juli’s story was so Mikami could swoop in and finish it off with a bang.

Videogamer.com (8/10) — Its conclusion is at least as satisfying as that found in the main game, and probably more so given the revelations it contains.

God is a Geek (8/10) — “The Consequence wreaks havoc on the nerves…”

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In case you missed it, The Consequence follows up the events of The Evil Within’s 1st DLC, The Assignment. As for what’s next for The Evil Within… stay tuned for more information on the game’s final DLC, The Executioner.

Roundup – Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

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Believe it or not, we’re less than two weeks away from the release of the standalone prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, here we come!

Over the last few weeks on our Wolfenstein Facebook page, we’ve been sharing concept images and in-game created by the team at MachineGames. This past week’s contributions, created by artist Christoffer Lovéus, provide background on SS Paranormal Division’s astute and archaeology-obsessed leader, Helga Von Schabbs.

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What are Helga’s motives? And what exactly makes her so evil. To give some background on her character, here’s MachineGames’ Senior Narrative Designer, Tommy Tordsson Björk :

“Helga is an adventurous, intelligent and obsessive tomb raider, completely callous to the suffering of others, who likes to indulge in finely aged reds from the wine cellar in Castle Wolfenstein. Coming from a noble background, she was infected with polio as a child leaving her with a stiff leg.

She is driven by the need to control her fate and make an everlasting mark on history. For Helga, joining the Nazis was, besides being appealed by the ideology, a means to accomplish this end. Through her archaeological research, she is trying to connect her blood-line to King Otto, the Holy Roman Emperor.”

If you’ve missed any of our other preview art, check out the slideshow below featuring some of the highlights, and LIKE the official Wolfenstein Facebook page to see new content first. And elsewhere, we recommend checking out Executive Producer Jerk Gustafsson interview with Gamespot, as well as his newly-minted podcast with Xbox’s Major Nelson.


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Between now and launch on May 5th, we’ll have plenty more to share on The Old Blood — gameplay content, written features, and more.

You’re My Wolfenwall

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Ready for May 5th by ordering this new screen-print poster for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood at store.bethsoft.com.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a standalone game releasing on May 5, 2015, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC for $19.99 / £14.99 / €19.99 / AUD$39.95. The Old Blood will also have a physical release in Europe on May 15, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.