Wolfenstein: Youngblood is not the followup to New Colossus that anyone was expecting, and that’s a beautiful thing. It’s part spin-off, part sequel, part standalone expansion, and all cooperative. Starring B.J. Blazkowicz’s twin daughters Sophia and Jessica in Nazi-occupied 1980s Paris, Youngblood appears to bridge the gap between the events of New Colossus and an assumed, eventual third Wolfenstein.
Here’s everything we know so far about Wolfenstein: Youngblood so far.
What is Wolfenstein: Youngblood’s release date?
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is releasing on July 25 on PC, and July 26 on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. It’s also coming to Google Stadia, but since the service doesn’t have a release date yet, neither does its version of Youngblood.
Meet the ‘Terror Twins’ in the Wolfenstein: Youngblood story trailer
Here’s a good chunk of gameplay from E3 2019
Some folks sat down with Youngblood at E3 2019 and shared their gameplay demo. Wolfenstein’s combat looks as fluid as ever (it looks stiffer when played with a controller), but there are some interesting differences to notice with Youngblood’s jump to co-op, like health bars and power levels for enemies.
Here's a bit we wrote about it after going hands-on at E3:
"The sisters have their own skills and abilities that can be leveled up as you progress—leveling being another first for the Wolfenstein series. Leveling gives you points to spend on abilities, and there are skills to suit different playstyles. For the stealthy types there's a cloaking ability that renders you invisible for short periods of time, though I played as more of a tank in the demo. I could use a rush ability to bash through heavy doors and knock soldiers sprawling. Later, I added a powerful stomp ability, allowing me to jump from above and come crashing down on enemies."
Wolfenstein: Youngblood Deluxe Edition’s Buddy Pass means only one player has to own the game
Wolfenstein: Youngblood only supports online co-op, and Bethesda is making that a little easier with the "Buddy Pass" included in the Deluxe Edition (which costs $10 more). The pass allows the owner to invite one friend to download and play the game with them, free of charge—almost like a simulated couch co-op.
Interestingly, the Buddy Pass doesn’t expire after initial use. According to the Youngblood FAQ, you can "use the Buddy Pass to invite as many friends as you want." So theoretically, if you want to replay the game months later with a different friend, the Buddy Pass should work all the same.
Sorry, there’s no split-screen local co-op
For a game based around co-op, that’s a huge bummer. Online is required for co-op. At least the Buddy Pass is an option.
What is Wolfenstein: Youngblood’s story?
Machine Game’s new Wolfenstein series has consistently blended ridiculous plots and gratuitous gore with surprisingly grounded drama and writing, and Youngblood appears to be no exception. Players control the twin daughters of B.J. and Anya Blazcowicz, Sophia and Jessica, on a mission to find their father after he goes missing in Nazi-controlled 1980s Paris.
That’s right, Youngblood flashes forward two decades after the events of New Colossus. The revolution launched by B.J. and friends was a success in the United States, though the Nazis still seem to have a grip on a significant portion of the world. In the story trailer, we see glimpses of returning characters. Anya and B.J. are around, either still fighting or living in peace after the revolution. Grace Walker, the leader of the resistance, is now the head of the FBI.
Soph and Jess aren’t experienced nazi killers like their parents, but after learning that B.J. disappeared in Paris, they steal two suits of power armor and an FBI helicopter and take matters into their own hands. It’s a classic "the kids need to save the day when the adults won’t" situation, and it sounds amazing.
What are Wolfenstein: Youngblood’s editions and preorder bonuses?
Wolfenstein: Youngblood’s standard edition is $30. Preordering gets you the Legacy Pack, a collection of skins that harken back to the last few Wolfenstein games:
- New Colossus Jacket power suit skin
- BJ's Army power suit skin
- Old Blood Pipe
- Old Blood Knife
- WW2 Weapon Skin Set, for all ranged weapons
Wolfenstein: Youngblood Deluxe Edition ($40) is probably the one to get if you plan on playing co-op. The extra $10 gets you the Buddy Pass and the Cyborg skin pack. You’re basically paying a third of the game’s original price for a license that a friend can use to play with you. Considering online is the only way to play co-op, it’s the best deal available.
Who is developing Wolfenstein: Youngblood?
Youngblood is developed by a combination of Machine Games and Arkane. It’s not totally clear if we’re talking about the Arkane Lyon (Dishonored) or Arkane Austin (Prey), but more likely Austin, considering Lyon is working on Deathloop. It makes sense that Youngblood is a team effort if we presume this is a side project while Machine Games is ultimately working on the finale to its Wolfenstein trilogy.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood will have an uncensored version in Germany
For the first time with the new Wolfenstein series, Youngblood’s international version will be available in Germany, Nazi imagery and all. This is because of a new law passed in Germany last year that allows Nazi imagery in select media based on its artistic merits. Since Bethesda wasn’t sure if the international version would be approved, both a sanitized and normal version will be available in Germany.
B.J. Blazcowicz is old
Yea, I don’t like it either. But, that doesn’t mean he’s feeble. I bet we’ll get our fair share of Terror Billy in Youngblood.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood has the same plot as the first Spy Kids movie
Two kids have to save a parent by traveling to an unknown place full of enemies as they discover the skills within themselves that made their parents legends. That is all.