Social Justice Warriors have constantly complained about straight, white males as leads in action-oriented games. They’ve constantly sought to undermine playing masculine heroes in place of putting lesbians, trans, and disabled people of color in the roles of straight, white male characters. Well, instead of creating new IPs featuring these “diverse” and “progressive” characters, most studios have sought to appease Social Justice Warriors by replacing the characters that many gamers grew up loving, which includes B.J. Blazcowicz, the former lead hero of Wolfenstein.
- When Arcane Studios added a playable female character to Dishonored 2 and Prey, people shrugged.
- When Naughty Dog proposed replacing an aging Nathan Drake with his daughter in the Uncharted series, there were some groans but some people were willing to wait to see how Naughty Dog handled the series before completely dismissing it.
- When The Coalition decided to replace Marcus and J.D. Fenix with Kait Diaz in Gears 5, there were plenty of people who decided the series had jumped the shark.
- And when DICE claimed that they were making the most historically accurate Battlefield game yet with Battlefield V, but then had a trailer featuring a black samurai in Nordic face-paint and a British woman with a cyborg arm leading the battle on the front lines, people (rightfully) flipped.
- And now Wolfenstein: Youngblood has joined in on the silliness, replacing the iconic B.J. Blazcowicz with his two daughters. That’s right, no playable male in Wolfenstein: Youngblood, and Machine Games rubbed that in plenty enough with the debut trailer for the game.
The game is set in the 1980s Paris, France. B.J’s two daughters, Jess and Soph, equip the power suits and invade occupied Paris in order to find their father, who has been captured AGAIN by the Nazis.
In Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Machine Games constantly setup the narrative thread for replacing B.J., even killing him to hint at his story coming to an end. In this case, it’s now official that his story has come to an end.
Obviously a lot of people in the comment section are trying to figure out how can this tie into the id Software-branded lore where B.J’s paternal bloodline eventually creates Commander Keen and then eventually leads to the lineage of Doom Guy. With two daughters it means that B.J’s paternal heredity ends with Jess and Soph. And you can probably imagine the bloodline ends even sooner if they both turn out to be lesbians, which is highly likely given the current trend Bethesda has been on when it comes to attempting to appease SJWs.
Anyway, here’s yet another franchise where a masculine male lead is replaced by the rote-trope of the “kick-butt female(s) who don’t need no man”.
You would have thought that after Wolfenstein II: The new Colossus didn’t sell so well across home consoles and PC that Machine games and Bethesda would have course-corrected with the next game, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. They’re doubling down for Wolfenstein: Youngblood, which is set to release in 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.