2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order surprised gamers everywhere who decided to take a chance on it. The FPS innovator returned with a nod to old school gameplay that was surprisingly entertaining. The vanquisher of Nazis known as B.J. Blazkowicz is returning in a new stand-alone expansion from The New Order – The Old Blood. Here’s everything you need to know about a FPS that should be on your radar. It’s time to return to Wolfenstein once again.
1. This Expansion is a Prequel to The New Order
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a standalone prequel to The New Order. You won’t need to own the previous game in the series in order to enjoy this digital/physical release. The official website offers a pretty thorough breakdown of the two parts that make up the full campaign players will venture through:
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.
2. B.J. Blazkowicz Has Access to a New Melee Weapon
Series protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz went into battle in The New Order with a knife in tow for his more close-up encounters. For The Old Blood, your main playable hero will be wielding a new melee weapon – a pipe. It might not sound like much compared to his other offensive offerings, but it comes in handy more than you think.
B.J. can handle the pipe in single and dual-wield forms. The pipe can be pulled apart for its dual-wield formation, plus his pipe can be applied to many cases of maneuvering – climbing, accessing high hatches around the environment and busting through weak walls. The pipe also plays a big part in the game’s use of enemy takedowns, which vary depending on its two forms.
3. Zombies Will Be Making Their Return
Besides having to contend with Nazi soldiers and their twisted machinations, B.J. will also run into the undead. The Nazi zombies that come your way not only come your way with arms flailing, but they can also hold firearms. These zombified enemies harkens back to 2001’s Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Also returning to this expansion is the use of dual-wielding weapons, the cover system and an extensive customization/upgrade system for your acquired guns/tools.
4. The Old Blood Will Fill in a Few Story Elements Included in The New Order
The executive producer of this expansion, Jerk Gustafsson, dropped a few comments during an interview on how The Old Blood will fill in the blanks for a few elements regarding The New Order:
There are elements in The Old Blood that fill in some blanks in the New Order story. There’s more stuff about Da’at Yichud technology, even though we don’t necessarily call it that. There are hints and clues and nods to The New Order hidden throughout the game. People playing it in different orders will get a unique experience, but both of them will have a good time.
5. This Stand Alone Campaign Will Be Offered in a Downloadable and Physical Form
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will be offered in two packages – digital and physical. Gamers can pre-load it (it comes in at the size of roughly 37 to 38GB) and be able to play in on May 5th. This edition of the game will be available for just $15.99. European gamers will be able to access the physical edition of the game on May 15th for £14.99.