Set to launch on July 26, developer Machine Games is giving Wolfenstein: Youngblood a nice co-op-based twist with its “buddy pass” feature. There’s no need to panic as this is not another season pass, but instead allows owners of the Deluxe version of the game to invite one friend at a time to download and play for free.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is set much later than previous games, as players step into the shoes of the Terror Twins. Otherwise known as Jess and Soph Blazkowicz, the daughters of original protagonist BJ Blazkowicz, the two must hunt for the whereabouts of their father across a Nazi-occupied Paris in the 1980s.The retro-inspired synthwave-clad trailer showcases all of the over-the-top action we’re used to seeing in the Wolfenstein series, blending particularly well with the spin-off’s co-op mode.
While users can blast through the campaign on their own with the computer controlling the second character, Machine Games is hoping to give players the full experience with its new buddy pass, included within the Deluxe version of the game. This is incredibly reminiscent of Nintendo’s DS Download play, allowing those that own the game to invite those who don’t to get in on the mayhem. There is also an upgrade path presented to the invitee, allowing them to grab their own paid copy with ease.
Deluxe Edition owners are also granted exclusive cosmetic items, including weapons and a titanium alloy variant of their default Power Suit. It’s not certain whether invitees will gain access to the same exclusive items when they join Deluxe players, but the buddy pass certainly seems like a feature more co-op games utilise in future.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood Deluxe Edition is currently available for pre-order at £34.99 on Steam. The Standard Edition of the spin-off title will set players back £24.99, if the added benefits don’t suit.
KitGuru Says: It looks to me as though this is a progression on the long-lost art of the demo, and certainly a practice I want to support by throwing my money at the screen. Do you think you’ll be buying Wolfenstein: Youngblood?