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Wolfenstein 3D returns to PSN, XBLA for $5

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Wolfenstein 3D, the seminal first-person shooter from id Software, is now available on Xbox Live Arcade for 400 Microsoft Points and the North American PlayStation Store for $4.99, publisher Bethesda Softworks announced today.

According to Bethesda, the game will launch soon on the European PlayStation Store.

Wolfenstein 3D was originally released in 1992 on DOS, and Activision, the longtime publisher for id Software, launched PSN and XBLA ports of the game in early June 2009. Later that month, Bethesda Softworks parent company ZeniMax Media acquired id Software.

Pete Hines, Bethesda's vice president of public relations and marketing, told Joystiq earlier this month that because Wolfenstein 3D's PSN and XBLA publishing rights had reverted to ZeniMax, the company had to have the ESRB re-rate the shooter and have Sony and Microsoft recertify it; the rights for the PSN and XBLA versions couldn't simply be transferred from Activision to ZeniMax.

ZeniMax is now publishing a new Wolfenstein title, Wolfenstein: The New Order, with the same hero as the original game: B.J. Blazkowicz. Developed by MachineGames, The New Order is set for release in the fourth quarter of 2013 on Windows PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. You can check out our latest preview here.

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