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.
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.
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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!
By now you’ve read our hands-on preview of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. (And if you haven’t, feel free to check out Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Playing with History. Don’t worry, we’ll wait for you to return.) Now, see the game in action in our latest video revealing all-new gameplay and some nifty Nazi-slaying details.
Yep, that’s right. You’ll actually explore the infamous Castle Wolfenstein, a true monument to gaming history. Once inside, you’ll have an opportunity to sneak around and face off against a bevy of new Nazi goons. But don’t worry: you’ve got a fresh arsenal of weaponry at your disposal, including the brutally effective lead pipe.
Want to know more about The Old Blood? Be sure to check out these Bethesda Blog features:
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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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.”
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 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.
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.
When it comes to videogames, nostalgia can be powerful thing. When done right, it can evoke a feeling that will reach even those who have no memories of the distant past. It can create a deeper bond with players, regardless of whether they experienced the original events being referenced. It sets the stage, defines the mood. It makes a game… special.
Such is the case with Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. In the sure hands of developer MachineGames, this standalone game is, unequivocally, nostalgia done right.