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Wolfenstein: Youngblood won’t have Ray Tracing at launch

Wolfenstein Youngblood Announced

So it turns out that MachineGames has fallen a bit behind schedule with their newest big release, as some content promised to be in Wolfenstein: Youngblood has missed the mark. The developer announced today that the Ray Tracing and some other graphical options won’t be in the shooter at launch. But that they plan to push the features as soon as they are ready.

But rest assured, Wolfenstein: Youngblood will have some pretty fancy graphics when it does come out, and they’re only going to get better with time.

In an interview with Venture Beat, MachineGames executive producer Jerk Gustafsson explained a bit more detail about the whole thing: “We’re working together with Nvidia on that,” he stated, “but raytracing won’t be available at launch. The engineers at Nvidia are still hard at work getting that solution to look as good as possible for the game, and the date is still to be determined. But from what we’ve seen so far, it’ll be good.”

So while the loss of the new adaptive and high-quality lighting at launch does suck for PC gamers, there’s still an excellent spin-off game to be enjoyed here. And speaking of PC gamers, why not check out the system requirements for this new title and make sure your rig is up to snuff.

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And with AMD pushing development of its own alternative to the Nvidia technology, there’s sure to be more desire for the lighting engine in games over time. Nvidia may be playing catchup for a bit if Ray Tracing and their other major technical innovations, like DLSS, don’t kick it into overdrive.

Nvidia is pushing out a new line of RTX GPUs, the Super line. These powerful GPUs promise a solid upgrade option on the current Turing line, which is so competitive that AMD even had to adjust prices in order to remain competitive on cost.

It’s highly unlikely that the game will get delayed, and it’s not like gamers and FPS fans will want that to happen anyway. Other games are at least pushing these technical innovations, either as launch options or in post-launch patches. Square Enix just recently debuted DLSS and Ray Tracing for Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Wolfenstein Youngblood launches on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 26th.

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