Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a first person shooter developed by MachineGames and Arkane Studios, and published by Bethesda. A spinoff of the mainline franchise, it serves as a narrative sequel to Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus.
Very similar to Wolfenstein: The Old Blood after MachineGames’ reboot of the series, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Wolfenstein: Youngblood follows Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus as a spinoff of the series, taking place in another time setting and incorporating new playable characters. It serves as a narrative bridge between Wolfenstein two and Wolfenstein 3.
Development on the game has been handled by MachineGames, the new custodians of the Wolfenstein series, while Arkane Studios, previous developers of Dishonored and Preyjoined development efforts. Wolfenstein: Youngblood was supposed to feature and concentrate on one of William BJ Blazcowicz’s twin daughters. But after testing, during development, the developers decided to include both twins as protagonists, and add co-op gameplay choices into the game allowing two players to take charge of one twin each for the entirety of the match.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood was announced at E3 2018 with PS4, Xbox One, and PC being cited as the release platforms. A July 26 release date was confirmed in March of 2019, when Bethesda also announced that the game would also be seeing a simultaneous day and date launch on the Nintendo Switch. The Switch version of this shooter is being handled by Panic Button, who also worked on Switch ports of other Bethesda shooters such as DOOM, DOOM Eternal, and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus.
On the Nintendo Switch, the game’s physical release does not include a cartridge and rather ships with a code. Wolfenstein: Youngblood is also not a complete priced release on all platforms, launching at the price of $29.99. A Buddy Pass system was also announced for the game, which allowed to play the game together via one purchase. Though just 1 player can be encouraged to play at any time, Bethesda confirmed the Buddy Pass system could be used as many times and with as many players as players want. Bethesda also confirmed that the game could have cosmetic microtransactions, but the in-game shop wouldn’t have any loot boxes.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is set in the 1980s, nineteen years after the events of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. William BJ Blazcowicz and his companions were successful in kicking off a revolution against the Nazi regime in the United States, but Blazcowicz has gone missing. The game features the twin daughters of BJ and his wife Anya — Jessica and Sophia Blazkowicz — as the protagonists.
Jessice and Sophia are searching for their father, and their search leads them to Paris, with the town and ruled over by the Nazi regime. It drops into the two sisters to utilize all the training they have received from their dad to fight with the French Resistance against the Nazi regime and dismantle it at the city of Paris, while also searching for their father in a bid to bring him back home. Bethesda have confirmed that Youngblood’s story will lead into that of Wolfenstein 3.
Other major characters from previous instalments will be coming in Youngblood, such as Anya, as well as Grace Walker.
With the focus being on BJ’s twin daughters as the protagonists, Wolfenstein: Youngblood enables players to play the whole campaign co-operatively, though there is no option for split-screen co-op. Players also have the option to play the whole campaign solo should they wish to do so. Like previous MachineGames-developed Wolfenstein games, Youngblood features no modes.
Youngblood puts a whole lot of emphasis on teamwork amongst the twins in its gameplay. For instance, the two can work together to inflict additional damage or take out enemies. Some weapons, such as the Tesla Gun, can even be wielded by both characters . The Tesla Gun is one of those new gadgets and weapons being released in Youngblood. Gadgets and some weapons will also be included. For instance, the Da’in Yichud power armour suit from previous games sees a return.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood also puts an emphasis on exploration, and is significantly more open-ended than previous games in the series. The gamers will secret base of operations located in the Parisian Catacombs, which will act as the game’s hub. In the heart, players will be able to venture out into Paris to undertake missions, which will lead to unlocks of abilities, weapons, and gadgets. Missions can also be performed in a non-linear purchase. There’ll also be unlockable alternatives, such as skins and emotes, to personalize the character.
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