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Wolfenstein: Youngblood could be shaping up to be much more than a fairly rote co-op version of MachineGames fantastic soft reboot of the shooter series. Executive producer Jerk Gustafsson has been chatting about what’s in store for Youngblood in the latest issue of Official PlayStation Magazine, revealing some surprising comparisons with a Bethesda stablemate - Dishonored.

“I think players will see a lot of similarities to level design in the Dishonored games, so in that sense it can be a little bit different as an experience but it can be for the benefit of the game, especially when it comes to finding different ways of approaching a combat scenario or a mission in general,” said Gustafsson.

It sounds as if Wolfenstein: Youngblood will veer away from the truly linear nature of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood and New Colossus, offering up levels with multiple avenues for approach. The Dishonored games are still fundamentally linear yet offer up sprawling environments with interconnecting paths, sneaky shortcuts, and all sorts of secrets. It lends itself to more varied play styles and also helps to keep things fresh for those planning multiple playthroughs. If any of this can bleed through to Wolfenstein: Youngblood then we could be in for a treat.

Youngblood will be launching for a cut-price £25/$30, although Gustafsson claims this doesn’t mean we’re being thrown a shorter experience. While the amount of story content will be lesser than a typical Wolfenstein adventure, the actual gameplay time should be longer due to the various side activities and quests that can be found out and about in the world.

“The open-ended structure and co-op aspect has made it a little more difficult when it comes to the narrative,” said Gustafsson. “We do think we have a strong story, but it’s quite different from what we have done before; it’s a little bit lighter, not only in tone but also when it comes to the amount of content, and I think that’s the big change when it comes to previous titles: the campaign is a bit shorter but the amount of gameplay time is greater.

“Players will be able to stay in the game for a long time. We’ll add additional side-missions and new challenges once the campaign is completed. There are a lot more activities and side-missions that you can do in Wolfenstein: Youngblood than in previous Wolfenstein games.”

Nazi-killing + Co-op + Dishonored = Get it in my veins. Wolfenstein: Youngblood comes to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on July 26th.

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