WWE 2K Battlegrounds Announced, Addresses WWE 2K20 Concerns
2K and Saber Interactive announced WWE 2K Battlegrounds, a new arcade-style wrestling game, will be coming sometime this Fall.
Today, 2K and Saber Interactive announced WWE 2K Battlegrounds will release this Fall.
From the creators of NBA 2K Playgrounds, WWE 2K Battlegrounds is a brand new wrestling game featuring arcade-style action and cartoonish recreations of your favorite WWE Superstars. As seen in the trailer below, you’ll enter some unconventional locales like an underground arena and a swamp with a crocodile that will seemingly eat you if you’re thrown out of the ring.
As of now, the only wrestlers that are confirmed are Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, John Cena, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte Flair. Each seems to have super-powered versions of their finishers. More information will be announced as its release approaches.
Additionally, 2K addressed last year’s wrestling entry, WWE 2K20, in its press release. The company announced they will not be releasing a simulation-based wrestling game this year and extending its production timeline to 2021.
They have brought on Patrick Gilmore as Executive Producer to help Visual Concepts create a game that will appease both newcomers and seasoned players. Gilmore has worked on games such as Killer Instinct, Medal of Honor, and New World. Again, the press release states that more details on the project will be announced in the coming months.
A few weeks back, former WWE games writer Justin Leeper published a video where he stated WWE 2K21 would be canceled. He also stated there would be a 2K wrestling game releasing this year from a different developer. Just a few days ago, WWE officially announced the next WWE 2K entry would not be releasing this year with the WWE games Twitter account teasing the WWE 2K Battlegrounds announcement.
Personally, I am pretty excited about WWE 2K Battlegrounds. There is definitely room for an arcade-style wrestling game. Yes, Fire Pro Wrestling World exists, but it does have a pretty steep difficulty ceiling that could turn players off of the game. Something more streamlined, if done right, could be really awesome. Especially for wrestling fans like myself.
I also think delaying the WWE 2K release is a really solid plan. WWE 2K20‘s launch was super rocky. The split between Yuke’s and Visual Concepts seems to have affected them tremendously. Taking more time to create a better experience is a solid strategy and one that hopefully has good results when the next simulation wrestling game launches.