The wrestling games from the WWE series by 2K Games were partially criticized by fans. Now the publisher has written an open letter about the plans for the WWE gaming experience - and by the way, 2K is announcing a completely new wrestling game, WWE 2K Battlegrounds, which this time is not a simulation, but an arcade title. Players should be allowed to get started as early as autumn.


In an open letter, the teams at 2K, Visual Concepts, Cat Daddy and Saber Interactive reach out to their fans to inform them about the future of WWE games. And the letter has it all: 2K starts with the announcement of a completely new wrestling game that relies on arcade-heavy gameplay - just like it was with the NBA release Playgrounds. It's not a coincidence: Saber Interactive is the same development studio behind the game.

WWE 2K Battlegrounds brings arcade-style action

The first gameplay trailer for WWE 2K Battlegrounds shows what fans can look forward to: fast, effective beating with a pinch of humor. Throw a wrestling legend like John Cena in the mouth of a crocodile? Unthinkable in a sports simulation, but a tried and tested means of achieving victory in Battlegrounds.

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Fun and fast-paced action are the focus of this spin-off game. Well-known wrestlers are of course represented, but with caricatured proportions. WWE 2K Battlegrounds doesn't take itself seriously - and as "wrestling light" it shouldn't be either. In addition to normal moves, there will also be effective attacks that would otherwise be more likely to be located in a beat'em-up: burning fists, for example.

Much more information is not yet available on the arcade wrestling title. The period for the publication is already known: fans should be allowed to kick off in the fall of the current year.

WWE 2K20 News: "We're Listening"

The current offshoot of the WWE series, WWE 2019K2, was released in October 20. A lot has happened in the ring since then. 2K Games has made a total of five title updates since the game was released, as well as four original DLC expansions. The developers want to learn from the experiences they have made; the feedback from fans should be recognized in the production process of the next series offshoot.

At 2K Games, they want to take their time for this development. In other words: no new part of the series will appear in 2020.

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So the next WWE 2K simulation game won't come until next year. "We want to ensure that the Visual Concepts development team can create a great game that is both experienced WWE 2Kentertains veterans and newcomers alike who want to step into the ring for the first time," the open community letter reads. This time, 2K says they want to “take the time that will be needed” in order to deliver the quality that fans deserve.

The experienced Patrick Gilmore acts as the new producer; he will oversee the development. Gilmore has been in the industry for more than 25 years and has played a major role in games such as Killer Instict and Medal of Honor, most recently he was active for Amazon's MMO New World.

By the way: fans who have not yet switched and who continue to play WWE 2K19 can breathe a sigh of relief. 2K Games has announced that it will keep the servers online until further notice.


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