Click here to watch embedded media Bethesda finally revealed gameplay for the upcoming Wolfenstein Youngblood, a game set 18 years after the events of The New Colossus. The trailer included a surprising amount of information (as well as questions) about fates involving characters in both of MachineGames’ Wolfenstein games and about our new protagonists, Jess and Soph.
We broke down all the noteworthy details in the trailer. Please keep in mind a lot of this is making educated assumptions on the material in the trailer and not things we’ve been told by MachineGames or Bethesda. Be warned, spoilers for The New Colossus are ahead.
If there was any doubt about the state of America at the end of The New Colossus, Youngblood confirms its a free nation now with a quick blip on a dossier screen showcasing B.J.’s last known location: Texas, Liberated America.
Those Who Remain
We see older versions of Grace, B.J., and Anya from Wolfenstein II, confirming their survival in the The New Order trilogy. We did not see Set Roth, Max, Sigrun, Wyatt, or Bombate. We did see a picture of Fergus. Whether they survived whatever happens in the game after The New Colossus is unknown.
A History Of Killing
Soph and Jess appear to have a reputation for killing Nazis before the game starts, as they’re referred to as The Terror Twins and are wanted for “Crimes against the Reich.”
Back In Business
In the years following America’s liberation, the FBI has been reinstated in some fashion and it seems that Grace is leading it, given the suit she wears and how she discusses having agents.
The New Kid On The Block
A young black woman is working together with B.J.’s daughters, Jess and Soph. She is likely Grace’s daughter, Abigail.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The trailer implies The Woman Who Is Probably Abigail has found a way to create Da’at Yichud suits for Jess and Soph, suggesting she’s become a pupil of Set Roth.
The New Colossus takes place in 1962. With Youngblood taking place in 1980, that means that Jess, Soph, and Abigail are all in the 17-18-year-old range.
Most of the level layout seen in the trailer showcases open Paris streets, but we also see Jess and Soph fight their way through kitchens, narrow posh hallways, and steel settings filled with machinery.
Lock, Stock, Smoking Barrel
The majority of weapons from Wolfenstein II are in the trailer, including the Sturmgewehr rifle, Maschinenpistole, and Schockhammer shotgun.
A Da’at Yichud stash probably exists in Paris, as evidenced by a quick flash of a map and some pictures of Dat Yichud items, hinting at why the game is set there.
If It Isn’t Broken….
The nuts and bolts gameplay looks just the same as The New Colossus but with another person to help you mow down Nazis.
At one point Sophie gives Jess a thumbs up in first-person. It’s not clear if this is a scene or an emote the player can do to their partner.
The trailer didn’t offer too much of a deep dive into the twins’ personality but it seems like they’re less vocally restrained than their father but equally excited about killing nazi scum.
Jess and Soph are wearing Da’at Yichud suits similar to what B.J. and Caroline wore so it doesn’t seem like they’ll have the contraption powers that B.J. had in the later part of the campaign in The New Colossus. Maybe they’ll have something else to replace them?
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