Ever since its inception, the Wolfenstein first-person shooter series has primarily followed protagonist William "B.J." Blazkowicz and his crusade against the Nazi scum threatening to infect the free world. From Castle Wolfenstein in 1981 through Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus in 2017, Blazkowicz has been kicking ass and taking names as long as we can remember.
Now, it's time for him to hang up his hat for a little bit and rest. In the upcoming Wolfenstein: Youngblood, his daughters are taking over. They'll follow in their father's footsteps as the newest members of the Global Resistance in the fight against the Nazis, changing the world in the process. Talk about girl power.
Jessica and Sophia Blazkowicz are the daughters of B.J. and Anya Oliwa — twin daughters, at that. They'll act as the very first female lead characters in a Wolfenstein game, aside from the female protagonists who stole the show throughout the last few titles. They're going to be the conduit through which players take on an entire nation's worth of fascists, and it couldn't be a cooler concept or setup for the next Wolfenstein title.
The official teaser, which debuted during Bethesda's E3 2018 press conference, featured Blazkowicz in only a voiceover. "To survive, you have to embrace the suffering," he told his daughters. It's set in 1980, 19 years after the second American Revolution took place in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. You'll set out with Jessica and Sophia as you search for your missing father in Nazi-occupied Paris.
Our first real look at the twins comes in the form of the Wolfenstein: Youngblood trailer, where we see two women overlooking a very dire scene. Nazis are goose-stepping around in what looks like a terrible apocalypse. Both girls appear to be outfitted in Da'at Yichud Power Suits, manufactured by an ancient society and ready to help them get down to business. But it's not clear why their father has disappeared, or what's going on other than the Nazis having ruined things for everyone once more.
"It's do or die, sis. Just like Papa taught us," one sibling says to the other in the very brief clip.
While we know the two are very capable combatants, we don't know a lot about Jessica and Sophia, as they were unborn as of the end of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, with a heavily pregnant Anya unloading a few clips on Nazis like her life depended on it (because it did). Beyond that, we had brief glimpses of the twins in Wolfenstein: The New Order, as they appeared in B.J.'s dreams about having a family and settling down to live a peaceful life. They're seen playing in the couple's yard, while B.J. and Anya look on.
It appears that Sophia could have been named after her grandmother, B.J.'s mother, though this hasn't been confirmed. We're not sure about the origin of Jessica's name, but hopefully, all will be revealed soon.
Unfortunately, we're going to be waiting quite a while for this double dose of feminist power, as Wolfenstein: Youngblood isn't due out yet until sometime in 2019. We'll keep you in the loop as far as when a potential release date may be, but until then it's time to get excited about the power of women in Wolfenstein once more.