Wolfenstein: Youngblood features 'open-ended' levels like Dishonored

Wolfenstein: Youngblood
Wolfenstein: Youngblood (Image credit: Bethesda Softworks | MachineGames)

A few months ago, Bethesda announced Wolfenstein: Youngblood to gamers around the world. The game is set in the distant future where B.J. Blazkowicz has gone missing and it's up to you to find him. Luckily, you have help this time around. According to the publisher, "Wolfenstein: Youngblood is the series' first modern co-op game," and is going to release on July 26 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

The past two Wolfenstein games — in the alternate universe timeline — feature linear levels, but Wolfenstein: Youngblood aims to change that. It's being co-developed by Arkane Studios, the team behind titles like Dishonored and Prey. According to an interview compiled by WCCFtech in the Official PlayStation Magazine, Wolfenstein: Youngblood will feature "open-ended" levels like Dishonored. Executive Producer Jerk Gustafsson said the following when speaking with the outlet.

I think players will see a lot of similarities to level design in the Dishonored games, 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. 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. Players will be able to stay in the game for a long time. 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.

It's great to see that Wolfenstein: Youngblood will feature open levels. The ability to explore large environments enhances immersion because you feel like you're part of this world. Hopefully the story will also stand out despite its "lighter" nature.

Are you interested in the game? Let us know. Keep in mind that Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a smaller game that Wolfenstein: The New Order and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. This is why it starts at $30 instead of $60 like a standard "AAA" title.

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