This week Bethesda, a ZeniMax Media company, announced the release date for “Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.” The game will be a standalone prequel to the critically-acclaimed first-person action-adventure shooter, Wolfenstein: The New Order.

In development at MachineGames, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will be available digitally and in retail and is set to release on May 5, 2015 for the PlayStation 4 system and PC. The game will also release as a digital-only copy for the Xbox One.

Bethesda described the game this week stating that it will take place in 1946 and the Nazis are on the brink of winning World War II. In an effort to turn the tide in the Allies’ favour, 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 artefacts that threaten to unleash a dark and ancient power.

“Diving back into the world of Wolfenstein has really been fun for us,” said Jerk Gustafsson, executive producer at MachineGames. “We’ve enjoyed exploring the events leading up to The New Order. We think fans will really enjoy the story, all the action and, of course, jumping back into the combat with new weapons.”

Wolfenstein: The New Order, released in May 2014, enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success with over 75 Game of the Year awards, and was hailed by The New York Times as “one of the very best releases of the year.” More information on the title, a few more trailers, and possible DLC additions will be discussed at a later date.