Patch 1.0.4 will be live in Wolfenstein: Youngblood soon and will include a long-awaited feature for offline gamers. Finally, players that are not playing with a partner can pause the game.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a co-op title that takes place after the events of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, but a Solo Mode is available for those who want to play it alone. However, the offline mode lacked the ability to pause the game, which is something that makes sense when in a multiplayer game but less so when playing alone.
The ability to pause was tested intensively before going live, according to the patch notes. The fact that this wasn't available for offline play at Youngblood's launch suggests that there have been issues implementing the pause screen. To support this, the developers urge players that run across issues with pausing to submit a support ticket. Also, it's worth noting that the only way to play offline is in Solo Mode, as there are no offline co-op modes available in Youngblood.
The pause menu isn't the only update to patch 1.0.4, however. There are other fixes that will be implemented in the patch, such as the Grenade God perk properly working and Uberhammer explosive now exploding as intending. While there are plenty of bug fixes to go around, it's clear the big news of this patch is being able to pause in offline modes.
But despite the apparent issues the developer has had in getting the pause menu to work, its exclusion at launch feels suspect. Being able to pause the game feels like it should be a given for single-player and offline games, and the intensive testing needed for a bog-standard feature in Youngblood is unusual. It's especially confusing as MachineGames also created the campaign for Wolfenstein 2, which doesn't have a multiplayer mode at all. What stopped the developers from taking the ability to pause in Wolfenstein 2 and moving it over to Youngblood?
At the end of the day, though, the ability to pause in Youngblood will be available soon. The developers aren't done yet, either, and also gave a preview of what's coming in patch 1.0.5. The next patch is set to address more of Youngblood's criticisms, such as more checkpoints and difficulty balancing. Machine Games seems determined to keep tweaking Wolfenstein: Youngblood and making a better experience for fans.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is now available on PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One. A Stadia release is planned for a later date.