Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Who is Helga von Schabbs?

Bethesda has posted an article about one of the main characters of the next Wolfenstein game, Helga von Schabbs, the leader of the SS Paranormal Division – which is making a come back in the Wolfenstein franchise! The MachineGames’ senior narrative designer Tommy Tordsson Björk describes her as follows:

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.

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Interview of Jerk Gustafsson about Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

Jeff Gusfafsson, executive producer on Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – and also on The New Order – for MachineGames, has been interviewed yesterday for the Major Nelson podcast about the game, giving some extra info about it:

  • They were planning to do some DLC extension packs for Wolfenstein: The New Order, but they finally decided to make a whole new set of content with a new prequel game
  • They took one year to develop this new game
  • This cheap standalone game ($20) might be a good opportunity to introduce new players to the Wolfenstein franchise, and make them play The New Order too
  • There will be some good and intense boss fights in the game (Rudi Jäger? Helga von Schabbs? The return of Hans Grosse, as suggested by the game artworks?)
  • There will also be plenty of new weapons in the game, including a new precision rifle, the Kampfpistole – that can fire grenades and even rockets! -, improved weapons from The New Order, and even a pipe for climbing walls, breaking stuffs, or doing impressive take down actions on enemies
  • The game music will be composed by the same peoples, but with original arrangements for this game set in 1946 – with broken instruments, pianos, etc…, and an old B-movie style for this game
  • For this game, the developers were inspired a lot by old Wolfenstein games, like Wolfenstein 3-D (1992), Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001) or even Wolfenstein (2009), and players might recognize some characters or features from them
  • They plan that players will finish the game after around 7 hours
  • No one in the development team had to learn German to develop this game, but they’ve some German guys working for them

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood also in stores for XBox One

Bethesda France has confirmed, via its twitter account, that the XBox One version of Wolfenstein: The New Order will be also available in stores, and no more only via digital platforms as first announced. The game will be available on XBox One, but also on PC and PS4, on May 15 in Europe, and May 5 for the rest of the world and digital copies, at the price of $20.

7 things to know about Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

Bethesda has posted a long post on its blog where they explain 7 important facts about Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.

  1. The game is a prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order, taking place in 1946, some time before the beginning of The New Order. They choose that period in order to be able to have a time period that we can really distinguish from the 1960s of The New Order, with early prototypes of enemies (like Super Soldiers) we’ve met in this game.
  2. Even if they’ve started the game with many graphical assets and gameplay elements from The New Order, they have finally created a lot of new environments, enemies and weapons.
  3. You can use a pipe not only to help you climbing on walls, but also to kill enemies with flows of blood!
  4. We’ll face many zombies in this game, but they’re quite different from those of Return to Castle Wolfenstein. We’ll also meet some old friends, like Kessler or Agent One.
  5. It will be an action-packed, B-movie kind of game!
  6. You can play Wolfenstein: The Old Blood without having played to The New Order before, there’s no requirement for that. It’s a standalone game, you don’t even need to have a copy of The New Order in order to be able to play on it.
  7. In the game, you’ll have to infiltrate a tavern full of drunk soldiers singing in German. The developers did the voice and movement capture themselves, with the help of some beer barrels…

The game is planned to be released on May 15 in Europe, and on May 5 in the rest of the world, on PC, XBox One (digital platform only) and on PS4, and will cost $20.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Steam Pre-sale

In less than two months, on May 5, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will be released in stores. However, you can already buy it on pre-purchase on Steam at the price of 20 euros/dollars for the standalone game, or 41 euros/dollars in a bundle with Wolfenstein: The New Order. You can also pre-order the retail version via the Amazon partner store of this site – except for the XBox One version, which will be sold only on the XBox Live digital store.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – New gameplay videos (updated)

Yesterday, during the PAX East conference, some developers and journalists got the opportunity to play the game live on Twitch. Eurogamer had the very good idea to capture the show, and put it on youtube:

It’s very close to Wolfenstein: The New Order, with a lot of action and some retro-style weapons – as BJ is still in 1946 in this prequel to the original game. Note that another show will happen today at 3:30 PM GMT, live on Twitch.

Update: Here’s the video of the demo of the second day:

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced!

Bethesda has announced today “Wolfenstein: The Old Blood”, a prequel standalone game to “Wolfenstein: The New Order” that will be still developed by MachineGames and that will use the id Tech 5 (Rage) engine. Here’s the trailer of the game:

The game will bring BJ Blazkowicz back to 1946, some weeks before the opening of The New Order, through two episodes of 8 missions. Part one – Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves – pits BJ 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.

Although his journey in these new environments, the player will be able to use new weapons and tools, like grenade-launching Kampfpistole, or dual-wielding metal pipes to navigate the world with brand new wall-climbing abilities. The game will be released on 5 May 2015 on PC and PS4, and also on XBox One (only in digital stores like XBox Live) – but not on old-gen consoles – and will be sold £14.99.