Although this reveal came during E3 2018, Bethesda has been rather quiet on Wolfenstein Youngblood aside from the fact its co-op and set during the 1980s in Nazi occupied Paris. And recently, they’ve dropped a new trailer so here is all the details we’ve learned from it.
Welcome to the 1980s
As shown, we are in the alternative 1980s and unfortunately, Bowie, Arnie, Donkey Kong and Maggie Thatcher aren’t anywhere to be found in the world. As that’s been thrown out of the window for everybody’s favourite bad guys the Nazis who’ve won the war and taken over the world for a period and Paris doesn’t look remotely like today with its landmarks traded in for zeppelins, retro futuristic 80s architecture from the pages of Blade Runner. There are remnants of the city it was once before it was vulgarised by the goose-stepping bad guys.
America is liberated from Nazis and Europe is next…eventually
So, it turns out that after the events of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus where after killing the bad Nazi lady on the Jimmy Carver show and kick starting the 2nd American Revolution. That BJ did succeed in kicking the Nazis out of the US and trying to return to normal in the 19 years after the events of Wolfenstein 2. How it sits in the main series is a big question mind as nearly 2 decades have passed, and Nazis still rule much of the world. There is plenty of gaps that need filling at some point.
Old friends and new
This time around we are not playing as seasoned Nazi killing veteran BJ “Terror-Billy” Blazkowicz (who does look like Grizzly Adams). Who has now settled down with the wife and brought up our protagonists – Jessica and Sophia Blazkowicz. Who, like their dad are the next generation in Nazi killing professionals with a bit of training from the old man himself, with the Nazis dubbing the twins as “The Terror Twins”, starting off from where your dad started, eh girls?
Grace Walker’s daughter Abby is all grown up and best pals with the twins and helps them out in Paris along with the local resistance. And Grace Walker herself seems to be working for the FBI as well, the rest of the gang like Max Hass and Set are a complete unknown according to the trailer. So still intrigue and gaps are building.
Now to the main plot of the game. That BJ Blazkowicz has gone missing in Nazi occupied Paris and the daughters are looking for them and with some stuff borrowed from their dad’s stash (power Armor for the pair of them and weapons). And with Nazis along the way, it may become messy. Typical passing of the torch plot it seems and will be nice to see how the world looks like in a nazified 1980s world with music and pop culture. The main bad guy/or lady is still a mystery still but with Hitler making an appearance in the previous game the dream of the Mecha-Hitler boss battle is still alive.
Nazis to kill
We come to the gameplay and it seems aside from the new Co-op stuff and what looks like new weapons (including Uzis which makes me a happy man), it looks like it will play like previous games. Wolfenstein 2 was brilliant to play in terms of how the guns worked and felt like I wasn’t shooting ping pong balls but actual bullets that will do damage to a Nazi, and the rest worked well enough for me to make it my GOTY for 2017 – A case of if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it
And you can bring a friend along in the summer for free… for a price
Now, back to the Co-op which has a little interesting perk. As is almost tradition with games these days that there is a deluxe edition. but it comes with “The Buddy Pass” which if you do have a friend out there who doesn’t own the game themselves can play along with you for free which is a nice touch if you ask me and given according to Steam that its priced between £25 for the bog-standard version and £35 for the deluxe edition. While the extras for the Deluxe Edition doesn’t really justify the £10 difference between the pair, but as it hasn’t priced itself silly like most game series have done, it does at least deserve some consideration.