You would be forgiven to think that Wolfenstein: Youngblood was a shorter stand-alone expansion of sorts for the series when you first saw it. But it turns out to not be the case, as pointed out by executive producer, Jerk Gustafsson, who had an interview with VentureBeat at E3 about the upcoming co-op FPS game.
In the interview, he spoke about the gameplay, and why they settled on a two-player cooperative game rather than a bigger squad, citing technical reasons due to the game being a shorter project. He mentioned that they always wanted to do something with the Twins (Anya, their mother, was pregnant with them throughout New Colossus) and that it somehow just made sense for them going that route, and setting it in the 1980s.
“There are several reasons for that. One is that this is a shorter project, so there were technical reasons. Considering the length of the project and the time we had, it made sense to do the two-player solution. But also, when we started thinking about doing something cooperatively, we pretty quickly decided that we wanted to do something with the twins. We knew that Anya was pregnant with twins. It made sense to do something fresh and new in the ‘80s when the twins were older. We also wanted to do a story about growing up and the transition between adolescence and adulthood.”
Gustafsson went on to say that the game will have a bit more of a humorous tone with a bit of a non-linear story, which will make the game considerably longer than anything else in the franchise.
The story is lighter in content as well as tone. But the level progression and the non-linear narrative gives us the ability to add a lot of activities and a lot of missions to do, so the total game time is actually longer than our previous titles. I think we’re looking at at least 25 to 30 hours if you play through everything.
Wolfenstein II: New Colossus also had a few side missions to it, which gave it a bit of extra length and gameplay, so it will be interesting to see how MachineGames go about adding more content and side missions for Youngblood.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood releases on 26 July on PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Windows