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E3 2019 Hands-On: Wolfenstein: Youngblood – lots of co-op goodness

Who’s trying to team up?

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It’s kinda astonishing how few people know that Wolfenstein: Youngblood is being developed by Arcane Studios, the makers of Dishonored and Prey. It makes sense: MachineGames is probably busy with Wolfenstein 3, and Youngblood’s co-op gameplay requires much more open-ended levels and mission design.

At least that’s the game’s promise: battle through the Nazi-infested Paris and play the way you want, with your friend.

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Hands-on with Youngblood

Youngblood feels easier in co-op, too. I remember myself struggling through Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, and even lowering the difficulty to enjoy the story. In Youngblood, however, the low-tier nazis are basically popcorn enemies. This actually allows you to have more fun with your buddy, and there are stronger enemies down the road too, like some armored baddies that you need to shoot in weak spots by coordinating your efforts.

Voice chat is essential – Bethesda’s PR rep confirmed to me that there’ll be no split screen support. And coordinate you must, as there will be some puzzle that will require you to part ways: say, one player takes care of the keypad while the other is scrambling the combination on a device nearby.

Our playthrough at E3 2019 started on a huge luxurious Zeppelin cruising the skies of occupied Paris. We play as Jess and Sophia, BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters, and we’re on a mission to find our dad who’s gone missing. But first, we need to kill some Nazis.

The gameplay feels familiar, but there were some modifications to the progression formula

You can now level up even more abilities, and weapons are upgradable too – you’ll be collecting money (loot is not shared, everyone gets the same stuff basically) and spending it on improving your arsenal. There are now different ammo types tailored to taking down heavier enemies, but the gunplay feels essentially the same, which is not a bad thing.

One thing that will feel different when playing Youngblood is that you will be using stealth much less often – the option is still there, but will you really want to wait for your friend to take down that nazi general? We don’t think so.

Another thing that’s cool about Wolfenstein: Youngblood is an introduction of a buddy pass. Once you buy the game, your friend can join you for free, with no limitations or strings attached.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood will release on July 26, 2019 for around $40 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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