You might have thought that we’d missed the news last week about the new Wolfenstein game, what with us saying nothing despite having a plethora of articles, podcasts and reviews over the years on the excellent reboot and superb sequel. We didn’t, we’re just tempering our excitement a little as we digest what we’ve seen and heard. It certainly looks good, and the Bladerunner vibe from last year’s E3 tease has carried through just enough for us to be salivating at the thought. But wait, what’s that just lurking behind it? Is it… another game? This year it looks like we’re getting two alternate history Nazi shooters in the form of Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot. One is a tale about B. J. Blazkowicz’s twins hunting for the errant hero in 1980 German controlled Paris, and the other is a VR title that looks like you take control of one Panzerhund’s and flamethrower enemies… err, and that’s about it. Oh, and it’s set in 1980’s Paris too. Let’s tackle the FPS affair first.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a sequel of sorts set 19 years after the events of The New Colossus. After kick starting the American revolution the world has changed, but B. J. has gone missing in Paris and his daughters set out to find out what’s gone on. Given their pedigree you can expect lots of violence, weapons, gadgets and general hatred of the oppressive regime as they search for dear old dad. It’s promising new scenarios, environments, and what it says are the disturbing sights and sounds of the French capital. What we’re really looking forward to is experiencing the alternate history and the world as it struggles to free itself from the grip of tyranny.
Interestingly it’s a co-op shooter at heart (though you can play with AI if you want), and to support that there’ll be a buddy pass included with the game. This let’s you share the pass with any and all your friends who don’t have the game and play it fully in co-op with them. You’ll only be able to play with one friend at once, and buddies won’t get trophies or achievements, but that’s pretty much the only restriction. Those using the pass without the game will still have their progress saved if they decide to plump for the full game later.
In an entirely different vein, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot is a VR game with very little known about it at the moment. You’ll play the best hacker in the city and aid the French resistance by taking control of the Nazi war machines and turning them against them. Honestly, that’s as much as we know and it’s a slight concern that whilst it’s taking the elements of the series to produce an action game, it feels a bit light on story. That’s missing quite a big part of what attracts us to the games in the first place. Time will tell whether it can be ridiculously over the top romp through Paris, or a bit of a one trick mech-pony that gets boring quickly. What does give us hope is that it’s being developed by Arkane Studios and we really loved the Dishonored games.
At least we’ve not that long to wait before we can get hands on them. Both are out on 26th July 2019, with Youngblood releasing on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch, and Cyberpilot on PSVR, Vive and Oculus Rift. Both are budget titles so don’t expect them to clear your wallets out fully in the usually barren summer release window.