'Wolfenstein: Youngblood' Out Tomorrow, Includes Buddy System So Friends Can Play For Free
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is launching for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch tomorrow the 26th of July. Honestly, though, there hasn't been that much promotion for the game, which leaves some questions to be answered.
"The world is full of monsters—but as a Blazkowicz, killing monsters is what you do. Embark on an action-packed, blood-soaked journey as Jess and Soph Blazkowicz to find your missing father, BJ, and kill every Nazi in Paris. Wolfenstein: Youngblood is the biggest and most open-ended Wolfenstein game in the series, and the first Wolfenstein game that can be played in online multiplayer co-op or single player with an AI companion."
Since the game has you playing as two new characters to the franchise, I don't think you'd need to have played the previous games to get a good understanding of what’s going on. Although the lore of the franchise will be continuing here and characters from previous games will be returning, for the most part it seems the story is simply: Dad is missing, go find him and kill some Nazi’s while you’re at it.
What makes Wolfenstein: Youngblood a unique entry for the franchise is its co-op gameplay. The entire campaign is designed for two players, although if you play solo you'll get an A.I sidekick. This is a first for the franchise and is sure to bring in some new players who haven't previously been attracted to the series.
You should be aware that Wolfenstein: Youngblood does not support split-screen co-op and you will need to play online.
Everyone Has A Buddy
However. in good news, the game is implementing a 'Buddy System' which is akin to a system A Way Out used last year. If you buy the Deluxe Edition ($69) of the game — which is the only version with a physical release — you'll be able to invite a friend to play the game with you for free. This is for Deluxe Edition only though, and the standard edition of the game which is available digitally won’t include this feature.
They won't be able to earn any trophies/achievements or play the game in single-player, or without you, but it's fantastic to see this as part of the game, even if it should be in the standard version as well. It will surely make it easier for those wanting friends to play with them, but unable to convince them to spend the money on the game.
The game is out tomorrow and we'll have more on Wolfenstein: Youngblood in the future, but for now, check out the insane launch trailer below for a better look at the action you're in for.