Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (PS4/Xbox One/PC) Arriving May 5th

Today, Bethesda announced Wolfenstein: The Old Blood for current-gen consoles and PC. Scheduled to release on May 5th for $19.99, The Old Blood represents a departure from the traditional DLC model. Developer MachineGames will be releasing a standalone prequel to the events of Wolfenstein: The New Order (a game I thought very highly of). Here is the press release from today:

Official Press Release

This morning we’re excited to announce what our friends and colleagues at MachineGames are up to: an all-new standalone prequel to everyone’s favorite Nazi-blasting first-person shooter of 2014, Wolfenstein: The New Order!

Arriving digitally on May 5th for $19.99/£14.99 /€19.99/$39.95 AUS on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood takes our hero BJ Blazkowicz back to the year 1946 in an adventure that spans eight chapters and two interconnected stories (released together) that will lead into the events you know and love from The New Order.

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.

For a first look, watch our announcement trailer in the embed above, and this weekend at PAX East, look for our two-part livestream happening on Twitch.TV/Twitch at 10:30 am est on both Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th.

Frankie and I thought Wolfenstein: The New Order was one of the best games of 2014. Needless to say, I'm extremely excited for this standalone prequel. Based on the trailer above, it looks like we can expect more of the same excellent gunplay and exciting set pieces that complemented the terrific story found in Wolfenstein: The New Order. Are you excited for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood? Let us know in the comments below if you plan to pick it up on May 5th.