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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches today, here's a tour of its Bavarian nightmare

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the stand-alone prequel to MachineGames' standout shooter of 2014, launches today on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, and publisher Bethesda Softworks put together a frightening launch trailer to let you explore the terrors within.

The Old Blood takes place in 1946, 14 years prior to most of the events of Wolfenstein: The New Order. Our hero, B.J. Blazkowicz, returns to Castle Wolfenstein in the first part of the game, "Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves," while searching for General Deathshead. In the second half, "The Dark Secrets of Helga von Schabbs," Blazkowicz picks up the trail in the town of Wulfsburg, where a Nazi archaeologist is digging up artifacts to create Nazi zombies.

MachineGames said last month that "almost everything is new" in The Old Blood, including weapons, environments and enemies. The story has a "pulp B-movie" feel, and explores some threads that The New Order hinted at.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is downloadable today via PlayStation Network, Steam and the Xbox Games Store for $19.99, and does not require a copy of The New Order to play. For more, check out the screenshots and debut trailer below.

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