WWE 2K have addressed the ongoing uncertainty revolving around their annual production and the future of the franchise going forward. As part of today’s press release, an entirely new project was announced for release in the Fall of this year, replacing their annual instalment of the WWE 2K franchise with something that’s set to take players back to something more fun, championing the pick up and play arcade style of wrestling games past. That is of course, WWE 2K Battlegrounds.
A game reminiscent of 2011’s WWE All Stars, 2K Battlegrounds seeks to provide a new generation of wrestling gamers with some good old, over-the-top shenanigans. Wrestling is the perfect source material for something that breaks the usual conventions of a sports style beat-em-up, taking the superstars of today and turning the dials up to 11 with their looks, the environment they wrestle in and their signature moves that take the action high up into the air before crashing down in glorious fashion.
The short teaser accompanying this huge announcement confirms that we’ll be seeing generations collide with the first four superstars to be announced for the game. Hollywood megastar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will headline the roster, alongside John Cena, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch who all showed off their stuff in today’s trailer.
2K Battlegrounds looks to be taking things back to the land of the comical, with the superstars literally launching each other into crocodile-infested waters and battling in what seems to be an underground medieval fight club. If anything, we should all be looking forward to not taking wrestling games so seriously for the first time in a while.
WWE 2K also took the time to address the ongoing issues surrounding WWE 2K20. As recently confirmed, WWE 2K21 will not be hitting shelves later this year, and 2K will instead take the time to focus on fixing the numerous issues and taking the game to new heights with Patrick Gilmore from Visual Concepts overseeing the project. WWE 2K have also confirmed that the online servers for WWE 2K19 will remain open for the foreseeable future.
Overall I think this is a massive step in the right direction for WWE 2K, and a great start to their redemption after the debacle that was WWE 2K20. We look forward to hearing more about WWE 2K Battlegrounds and will keep you updated as more is revealed over the coming months.
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