This week Bethesda has straight up announced a brand new prequel to Wolfenstein the New Order. The prequel will be a standalone game, as opposed to DLC content, and it has been named Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.
As with The New Order, The Old Blood will put players in the shoes of B.J. Blazkowics as he fights his way through the game's Nazi antagonists. In the first mission, players will find themselves in Castle Wolfenstein, and they will be instructed to kill a maniacal prison warden.
The second mission will then take place in Wilfburg, where B.J. Blazkowics will come face to face with "obsessed Nazi archaeologist" who is exhuming mysterious artifacts that threaten to unleash a dark and ancient power.
The standalone prequel will only include the two missions listed above, so it's definitely a very short experience, so it's odd that Bethesda did not decide to offer it as part of an expansion to The New Order.
Wolfenstein The Old Blood is set to release on May 5, 2015 as a digital download for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The game will cost $20. PlayStation 4 and PC retail copies of the game will be releasing one week after the digital launch, but there seems to be no plans to launch a retail copy for Xbox One. Do you think it's fair for Bethesda to offer a standalone expansion like this at a large portion of the cost of a full game?