It's been two years since our last foray into the Nazi-killing, bombastic world of Wolfenstein, but the wait is almost over for the next entry in the series, as Wolfenstein: Youngblood's E3 2019 appearance is fast approaching. The budget-priced first-person shooter is likely to appear during Bethesda's press conference once again.
Just what will be showcased during the briefing is still a mystery, but many Wolfenstein fans have their fingers crossed for a new gameplay demonstration ahead of the game's July 26 release date. Let's take a look back at what Bethesda has already shared about the game, as well as what we'd like to see at E3.
What We Know So Far
Wolfenstein: Youngblood was first announced at E3 last year. The game is being developed by MachineGames, who has created all of the most recent Wolfenstein games, though this time it is in collaboration with Dishonored developer Arkane Studios. Youngblood leaves B.J. Blazkowicz behind and shifts focus to his two daughters, Jessica and Sophia. Set 19 years in the future during the 1980s, the twin sisters are in Paris trying to locate B.J., and lending a Nazi-killing hand where need be.
For the first time in the rebooted series, you'll be able to play cooperatively. If you don't have a buddy on hand, you sister will be AI-controlled. Unfortunately, there is no split-screen capability planned for Youngblood. The game is adding new RPG elements, updated weaponry, new abilities and gadgets. Youngblood executive producer Jerk Gustafsson told Official PlayStation Magazine that the level design will resemble that of Dishonored. MachineGames also confirmed that the gameplay structure will be more open-ended and branching, with plenty of side missions to get stuck into. Missions can also be taken on in any order. As this is not a full priced game, we're expecting a condensed version of the Wolfenstein formula.
The game is set to cost $29.99 for the standard edition and if you splash out on the $39.99 Deluxe Edition you will also get access to a Buddy Pass where you can invite a friend who doesn't have the game to play with you for free. The game will have cosmetic only microtransactions and will arrive on Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch on July 26.
What's Confirmed For E3?
So far, Bethesda has confirmed very little for its 2019 press conference. While there's sure to be a variety of titles showcased, only Doom Eternal has a confirmed appearance at this stage. Bethesda's Todd Howard has also ruled out the possibility of Starfield or Elder Scrolls VI making an appearance, but there's no official word on whether we'll see more Wolfenstein: Youngblood. It seems like a relatively safe bet, given it's coming much sooner than either of those Bethesda Game Studios titles. Whatever the case, you'll be able to watch Bethesda's E3 press conference live on the night of Sunday, June 9.
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What We Hope To See At E3
Given Wolfenstein: Youngblood releases in July, we're hoping to see an extended look at how co-op gameplay will work. So far, it seems clear that high-octane action is making a significant return but we've yet to check it out in all its uncut glory, so that's what we'll be hoping for come E3. Excellent co-operative campaigns aren't always easy to come by, so we're keen to see how the multiplayer elements are integrated with the story and combat mechanics.
Additionally, we'd love to get a closer look at the new weapons, gadgets, and abilities that have been teased for Youngblood. It would also be great to learn whether each twin will have a unique approach to combat. The fast approaching release date makes us pretty confident that at least seem of these questions will be answered come E3.