The Wolfenstein games have offered exciting action and adventure over the years, and 2017’s entry Wolfenstein: The New Colossus was well received by gamers and critics alike.
But even though Bethesda’s series has done pretty well until now, there’s more Wolfenstein coming our way, as a new game in the franchise will be hitting shelves this summer. Titled Wolfenstein: Young Blood, this new game in the Wolfenstein series brings co-op multiplayer gameplay to the table and a new protagonist, as stalwart BJ Blazkowicz is no longer the lead character in the game.
The game’s differences to its predecessors are partly due to the fact that Young Blood is being co-developed by Arkane Studios – these are the people behind the great Dishonored games, known for their open-ended gameplay. So it’s no surprise that Wolfenstein: Young Blood will be more like Dishonored, as Gustafsson admitted in the interview.
“I think players will see a lot of similarities to level design in the Dishonored games, so in that sense it can be a little bit different as an experience but it can be for the benefit of the game, especially when it comes to finding different ways of approaching a combat scenario or a mission in general”, said the game’s executive producer.
Sadly, the price for more open-ended gameplay has been a cut in the game’s story elements, something which was also necessary due to the game’s new focus on co-op gameplay.
“The open-ended structure and co-op aspect has made it a little more difficult when it comes to the narrative”, said Gustafsson, adding that the game will have a shorter campaign but more gameplay time, while the story will be “a little bit lighter, not only in tone but also when it comes to the amount of content”.
And this might be a bummer for those who’ve enjoyed Wolfenstein’s admittedly good stories until this point, and to those who are not fond of co-op gameplay and prefer to play through the game solo (which is still possible as your sidekick in the game can be controlled by the AI if you would rather not play with another human).
Hopefully though, Wolfenstein: Young Blood will still be a game worth playing through when it launches later this year.
Note: Wolfenstein: Young Blood will be released on July 26, 2019. Available on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.