WWE 2K21 is cancelled, and WWE 2K Battlegrounds is coming. What does that imply for wrestling video games?
WWE 2K have formally introduced WWE 2K Battlegrounds, an arcade recreation that can exchange WWE 2K21 as this 12 months’s launch.
This would be the first 12 months in over a decade that the WWE won’t launch a sim-style recreation.
What does this imply for the way forward for the WWE 2K sequence, and for the way forward for sim-style wrestling video games?
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WWE 2K Battlegrounds
WWE 2K Battlegrounds was formally introduced immediately, and would be the subsequent WWE online game by 2K Games.
This transfer is a return to the WWE All Stars arcade type of online game, which was launched in 2011.
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WWE 2K Battlegrounds options The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin on the quilt, which exhibits the roster for this recreation may span a long time of WWE historical past.
Implications for the WWE 2K sequence
While WWE All Stars was effectively acquired, followers definitely didn’t anticipate to have their yearly sim-style WWE recreation changed by an arcade recreation. And whereas it’s a daring transfer, and competitors shall be gradual throughout coronavirus quarantine, it’s secure to say it is a step backward.
Instead of bettering on the numerous points the sequence had with its newest launch WWE 2K20, it appears each firms are prepared to maneuver proper alongside to a brand new title. While it’s good they’ve acknowledged the necessity for change, this merely wasn’t the change most followers had been hoping for.
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We don’t anticipate WWE 2K Battlegrounds to be the answer to the problems dealing with wrestling video video games. But it’s no less than a breath of (considerably) contemporary air.
Because of this recreation, nevertheless, followers of wrestling video games from the WWE 2K sequence could also be ready for 2022 earlier than the subsequent launch.
WWE 2K21 cancellation
Former WWE author Justin Leeper first came forward concerning the potential cancellation of WWE 2K21 on April 11th. That scoop turned a actuality immediately, when WWE re-confirmed the cancellation after initially mentioning it throughout an earnings name.
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WWE 2K20 was very poorly acquired by critics, so this might be a needed step to re-energize wrestling video video games. The drawback is there have been some way more in style choices on the desk than a return to arcade type.
Is the Smackdown vs. Raw dream useless?
When wrestling followers first heard of WWE 2K21 being cancelled, most thought the very same factor: Is Smackdown vs. Raw returning?
SVR was a extremely popular sequence of wrestling video video games that has had the longest run of any WWE sequence. It ran from 2004 to 2010.
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The SVR sequence pioneered many facets of the fashionable wrestling recreation, and packaged them with a number of different fan favourite options which have been misplaced over time. Despite the hype for a possible reboot, nevertheless, it appears WWE 2K Battlegrounds is on the best way as an alternative.
For now, it’s secure to say the SVR dream is useless. At the least for an additional few years.
Next gen implications
With subsequent gen consoles PS5 and Xbox Series X set to launch later this 12 months, it’s secure to say we gained’t have a WWE sim recreation in time.
This is horrible information for wrestling followers who need to see their favourite superstars with the brand new graphics capabilities. But it may get even worse if Justin Leeper’s claims are proper.
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In Leeper’s leaking of WWE 2K21’s cancellation, Leeper additionally claimed WWE wouldn’t be prepared for the subsequent era consoles probably even by 2021. Leeper claims even a WWE 2K22 wouldn’t make the transition.
We’ll should see if WWE 2K Battlegrounds does certainly make the subsequent gen leap. But seeing larger high quality arcade-style gameplay is definitely not as thrilling as a greater wanting sim-style recreation, and followers are voicing it.