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Games of 2019 – Wolfenstein: Youngblood

With the passing of the old year and the dawning of the new comes renewed hopes and expectations for the year ahead. Lord Alfred Tennyson, Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate, once wrote: Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.’ Ah, but who cares about all that, a new year means new games!

2018 was a little disappointing for Xbox fans, so we’re hoping that 2019 proves to be a lot better. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be highlighting a different game each day, giving you all the relevant details and salient talking points for big games of the year. With so many upcoming titles we’ve decided to do this in order of release date. Today, we’re talking about the latest entry in the Wolfenstein franchise, Wolfenstein: Youngblood.

Game Details

Title: Wolfenstein: Youngblood
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: MachineGames
Release Date: 2019

What is it?

The continuation of the Wolfenstein franchise is a game that blurs the boundary or what is DLC and what is a new game. Youngblood refers to the fact that you will be playing as the children of B.J. Blazkowicz, twin sisters, Jess and Soph Blazkowicz. It’s set 19 years after the events of The New Colossus and see the girls searching for their father

What could go right?

While we have only had two entries in the rebooted Wolfenstein franchise, they have both been brilliant. The team at MachineGames has managed to combine brilliant shooter mechanics with great visuals and a superbly pitched storyline that provides both humour and moments of horror. 2017’s The New Colossus gave us some of the most jaw-dropping story moments of this generation. Moving the plot on 19 years gives MachineGames the chance to mock the 80s and some of the craziness of that decade. It’s also going to be playable in co-op, with each player controlling one of the twins. This will offer new experiences for gamers in the Wolfenstein universe.

What could go wrong?

We have high hopes for Youngblood but you never really know until you get your hands on it. The standalone DLC entry after the first game, The Old Blood, was a solid title but didn’t live up to the greatness of The New Order or The New Colossus. This will also be the first game in the rebooted franchise where BJ Blazkowicz is just a minor character and the focus will instead be on his daughters. This shouldn’t prove too much of a challenge for the storytellers or require a change up to the gameplay that much but you never until we see more of it. Let’s just hope that as they lean into the 80s vibe and explore the new characters that they don’t forget what made Wolfenstein great in the first place.

That’s what we think about Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Are you a fan of the franchise? Are you looking forward to blasting your way through more Nazis? Be sure to leave a comment below and look out for more coverage throughout the month regarding the games that will launch on Xbox One during 2019.

Steve Clist
Joint Editor-in-Chief at our sister site XboxEnthusiast, Steve also has a serious love for Nintendo. His first console was an N64 and it was love at first sight. He may specialise in racing games but will give anything a shot. He's also a serious guitar player and musician. Basically, Steve rocks. Need we say more?

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