Wolfenstein: The Old Blood trailer is delightfully pulpy

— 6:00 AM on March 6, 2015

Wolfenstein: The New Order was a successful take on the classic series, and developer MachineGames now has another chapter to add to the story: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.

The Old Blood appears to be a prequel to the 2013 game, and it trades its predecessor's 1960s retro-futurism for a more pulpy, alt-1940s setting. Here's the first gameplay trailer:

I'm a sucker for this kind of twisted historical setting (don't ask me how many hours I've poured into the Fallout games), so Wolfenstein: The Old Blood looks like a lot of fun to me. The story sounds decent, too. Here's what we know so far, courtesy of the official Wolfenstein site:

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.

If the above trailer didn't quench your thirst, publisher Bethesda's official blog says we can expect gameplay videos of The Old Blood live from the PAX East conference. That footage will stream both today and Saturday at 10:30 AM EST on Twitch.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is slated for release on May 5, 2015.

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