Wolfenstein Youngblood Has Dishonored-Style “Open-Ended” Structure
The Wolfenstein games are well known for laying out Nazis by way of the series’ protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz, but MachineGames and Arkane Studios’ upcoming spin-off Wolfenstein Youngblood is next extending this mission to the hero’s twin daughters, Jess and Soph. This fresh co-op-friendly dynamic would only seem to be the start, as it’s now been confirmed that the new game will also feature a more “open-ended” style of shooter gameplay.
Speaking to Official PlayStation Magazine (via GamingBolt), executive producer Jerk Gustafsson spoke about how the game compares to past entries as well as fellow Arkane-developed stealth franchise Dishonored. “I think players will see a lot of similarities to level design in the Dishonored games,” Gustafsson revealed. “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.”
Regarding Youngblood’s gameplay, Gustafsson confirmed that the title’s looser structure has made it considerably different from other entries in the series. While he says this approach will surely result in a “lighter” story, the trade-off encourages a stronger focus towards co-op and playstyle variety.
The open-ended structure and co-op aspect has made it a little more difficult when it comes to the narrative. We do think we have a strong story, but it’s quite different from what we have done before; it’s a little bit lighter, not only in tone but also when it comes to the amount of content, and I think that’s the big change when it comes to previous titles: the campaign is a bit shorter but the amount of gameplay time is greater.”
While the base game won’t be an overly dense experience, Gustafsson assures that the game’s varied supplemental activities will offer plenty of additional depth outside the main campaign. “Players will be able to stay in the game for a long time,” he added. “We’ll add additional side-missions and new challenges once the campaign is completed. There’s a lot more activities and side-missions that you can do in Wolfenstein: Youngblood than in previous Wolfenstein games.”
Wolfenstein Youngblood releases for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox one on July 26th.
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