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New update available for Wolfenstein: Youngblood

A big round of changes

A new update is available for Wolfenstein: Youngblood on Switch, and it appears to the the Version 1.0.5 update that we've been talking about in recent weeks. The update number might actually be different on Switch, but the update itself contains all the same content. You can get a full recap on what the patch does here.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood Update 1.0.5 - "New Features and Balance Changes" promo video

What does this update do?

We've talked at length about Wolfenstein: Youngblood's Version 1.0.5 update, and today we get a video showcasing some of the changes it makes. The update still isn't available on Switch yet, but should be coming very soon.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood's Version 1.05 update fully detailed

Another big round of changes

The Version 1.05 patch for Wolfenstein: Youngblood isn't on Switch yet, but it's coming soon. We got a tease of what the patch will include the other week, but now we have the full patch notes. Check out the complete rundown below.

PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Adjusted difficulty of all boss fights.
Enemies can now have their health bars toggled on or off in the Options menu. (This does not turn off armor types.)
Took a variety of actions to reduce the feeling of enemy “bullet sponginess”.
An amount of ammo for basic weapons is now replenished after a player respawns.
Added more special weapon ammo throughout more difficult areas.
Added duplicate tutorial laptops to the game to make 100% completion more attainable.
Fixed an issue that could cause some enemies in certain areas to spawn prematurely.
Increased the speed of switching between certain weapons to make it easier to adapt to enemy armor types.

BUG FIXES

Client players can now explode Host player DKW charges by shooting them.
A data tape required to complete the Silent Outpost mission could go missing, preventing completion of the mission. This tape will now appear correctly for all players.
Equalized damage modifiers for all weapon classes and upgrades for Host and Client players. Previously a bug could cause one player to do a lot more damage with certain weapon types and upgrades.
The “available unlocks” and message could play despite there being active enemies. This will no longer occur.
Fixed a variety of timing bugs with completion events that could cause progression not to be saved in certain circumstances.
Co-op levers will now work much more reliably when playing solo.
Improved sister AI so that she gets out of the way of large enemies more often and improved ability to successfully heal the player when they are downed.

BALANCE CHANGES

Tutorials not collected by players in Paris Streets sections 1 or 2 will now be present in Paris Streets section 3. This will allow players to backtrack from later sections of the game in order to get tutorials that count towards game completion percentage.
Added checkpoints to all Tower mission and Tower Guardian fights. Note that returning to the towers after completing the main missions will not have checkpoints.
Players who expend all lives and reset to the latest checkpoint will now find their base weapons refilled to at least 50% of ammo capacity. This will function with all ammo modifier skills and upgrades but does not affect special or heavy weapons.
Additional special weapon ammo has been added to all boss and guardian fights.
We have doubled the amount of damage done to armored enemies by the incorrect weapon type. This will result in enemies feeling much less absorptive of damage when the player has the wrong weapon equipped. We still highly encourage players to spend their silver to upgrade a variety of weapon types so as to maximize damage to tough enemies.
General Winkler has had his health lowered to be more in line with the difficulty of the Zeppelin level.
The Bombdog damage has been slightly lowered.
The base Shotgun, Autopistol, and SMG damage output has been increased to bring them in line with other basic weapons.
Tower Gate Guardians have had their level lowered in all Districts to better reflect the level of enemies inside the Towers. The Towers are still intended to be played by players level 20 or higher.
Added the ability to toggle “iron sights” on/off. This option can be found in the Controls menu.
Lowered controller rumble on Xbox One.
Added the option to turn off enemy health bars to the Gameplay options. Note that this will not turn off armor barriers or enemy level, so we recommend players have a high degree of familiarity with enemies before turning health bars off.
Added more than 20 additional duplicate tutorials to the Districts to allow for easier game completion as well as better coverage for new players.
Added a unique icon for Tutorial Computers when player has the correct Secrets Collector upgrade.
Lowered Lothar’s healthpoints during the “Penthouse” stage of the boss.
Made a variety of changes to Lothar’s accuracy and damage during his final stage.
Added an alarm and audio cue for the 4th Reich jet planes during the Lothar fight to give players more of a chance to dodge or shoot down the planes.
Reduced the number of missiles during the Lothar flight stage.

MachineGames says its been 'incredibly weird and disappointing' to see Wolfenstein's theme of fighting Nazis become 'problematic'

Wolfenstein has always been about taking on Nazis and stopping their attacks. It's something you'll find in the first game, all the way up to Wolfenstein: Younblood. In a PCGamesInsider interview with MachineGames senior game director Andreas Öjerfors, we hear that how the theme of fighting Nazis started to drum up different conversation from the public when Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus was announced.

"It's incredibly weird and disappointing. We never meant for our stories to be relevant, we wanted to tell great, interesting stories to the best of our abilities. But then, when we started to talk about Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, we started to get comment online about the theme of the game, fighting the Nazis. Somehow some people felt that was problematic, which is just incredibly disappointing. We've seen an increase of right-wing extremism in the Western world. We see that online to a great degree. Right-wing extremists are great at affecting the debate online. And of course, maybe they abused us to whip up some anger when we were making Wolfenstein II."

Wolfenstein: Youngblood's devs discuss the decision to create a co-op shooter

My buddy

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a considerable departure for the franchise. It's a shooter built from the ground-up to be a co-op experience. Why did the dev team decide to take this path? GamesBeat talked to developers Andreas Öjerfors and Aydin Afzoud to find out.

Andreas Öjerfors: We started with Wolfenstein: New Order, the big one, and then we did New Colossus, which was the side project. It used a lot of the systems and gameplay of New Order, but it had new actors, new weapons, and new levels. The idea was that next we’d do the same thing as New Colossus. But the idea of co-op and having this more open and unstructured world came into the picture. It became a much bigger project than we’d first thought. It took us a year and a half to build. The only reason we were able to build that big a project in just a year and a half was because of our partnership with Arkane.

Aydin Afzoud: We’d always wanted to explore co-op and make a co-op game. It’s also something that our fans had asked for. They wanted multiplayer, the ability to play with their friends. That’s always been our desire. Like he said, this smaller project, compared to the big game–that made it pretty natural to do the co-op these time.

Bethesda outlines upcoming patches for Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Big fixes in the works

The teams behind Wolfenstein: Youngblood are hard at work on patching up the game to make it run as smoothly as possible, while adding in some quality of life features. While we don't have release dates for these updates on Switch, we do know that they're coming to the platform. Check out plans for Version 1.0.4 and Version 1.0.5 below.

Update 1.0.4 Patch Notes

Gameplay

All Platforms

Added ability to pause the game in OFFLINE mode only. Although we have tested this feature extensively, if you encounter any issues please let us know by submitting a support ticket to https://help.bethesda.net.
Removed the ability to open padlocked doors from the wrong side, as this was causing some issues with mission progression
Client players will once again take normal damage from environmental explosions (fire extinguishers, fuel tanks, etc.)
Players will now correctly be able to catch friendly and enemy grenades after taking the Grenade God upgrade
Client players were having health and ammo fully restored in some circumstances after picking up a heavy weapon
Uberhammer projectiles will now explode properly under all conditions
Fixed an issue where one player could end up rotated in the wrong direction while interacting with elevator levers

Art and Graphics
All Platforms

Improved the animation when viewing your sister opening Shared Life crates (eliminates teleporting)
Fixed a variety of audio issues, including resolving audio dropouts after equipping the flashlight weapon upgrade on the Kugelgewehr

User Interface
All Platforms

The Protohund marker for “Destroy the Protohund” and “Collect the Box” missions will no longer appear on the minimap when the mission is not set to active
Opening the Journal while activating fast travel now interrupts fast travel. This corrects a variety of issues with loading and UI
Fixed a reticle issue that could cause your weapon crosshair in Wolfenstein: Youngblood to appear when playing the “classic” Wolfstone 3D arcade game in the Paris Catacombs
Corrected an issue that could cause “Call for Help” to not be available after using a Shared Life. “Call for Help” should now be available if the player is down but their sister is alive
Fixed an issue when performing certain actions while opening the in-game options menu that could cause the camera to become permanently tilted

Audio
All Platforms

Fixed a variety of audio issues, including resolving audio dropouts after equipping the flashlight weapon upgrade on the Kugelgewehr

Online Co-op
All Platforms

Fixed a network packet issue that could cause session disconnects when too many explosions occurred in co-op, resulting in players getting dropped from their co-op game
Resolved crash that could happen with the Client in a co-op game used Crush, then immediately performed a melee attack on the enemy

Miscellaneous Bug Fixes
All Platforms

Enemies will no longer float in midair next to the walkways in Lab X
The last used weapon was not being properly equipped when the player dropped a heavy weapon
Resolved issue where enemies could become stuck floating during the “Lothar and Juju’s trap” mission

Update 1.0.5

In our 1.0.5 update, we are working to address a host of game difficulty and progression issues based on your feedback. This includes:

Additional checkpoints
Difficulty adjustments across the board, especially in boss fights
Addressing the feeling some players have expressed that some enemies feel like “bullet sponges”
Adding additional ammo throughout the game
An option to toggle enemy health bars on/off
Making it easier to get 100% game completion

Denjin Getcha shares gameplay segments from Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Omega Labyrinth Life, and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Complete Edition



The Denjin Getcha gang has been hard at work on live-streams for various Switch games that just released. Check out their segments for Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Omega Labyrinth Life, and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Complete Edition above.

IGN Video - Wolfenstein and Dishonored Developers Play Each Other's Games

We got Bethesda developers Dinga Bakaba (Arkane Studios) and Andreas Öjerfors (Machinegames) to see what they could get up to (and insight they could offer) when playing each others games.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood Switch gameplay, and Xbox One X comparison


Still on the fence about Wolfenstein: Youngblood on Switch? Check out some more gameplay from the Switch version above, as well as a comparison to the Xbox One X version.

IGN Video - Playing Wolfenstein: Youngblood Co-op With a Developer

We sat down with Wolfenstein: Youngblood's senior game designer (Andreas Öjerfors) for a co-op session through the opening mission.

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