Leak culture and insider info means that there are few genuine surprises in gaming these days, but every once in a while an announcement socks us out of nowhere.
Cue Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order announced for PC, PS4 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 that will lead into the events of last year's capable shooter. Rather than a full-fat disc release, it will release digitally in two parts for £14.99.
Part one -- Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves -- seems set to take the series back to its roots as BJ Blazkowicz locks horns with a maniacal prison warden while busting out of Castle Wolfenstein (where else?). 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.
It's great news, since despite a few flaws, The New Order was a decent compromise that brought old-school gaming onto the new consoles. If you're still in the market, you can buy Wolfenstein: The New Order for £14.85 on Xbox One or Wolfenstein: The New Order Occupied Edition for £17.99 at GAME.
Not exactly Fallout 4, but we'll take it.