In addition to today’s announcement of WWE 2K Battlegrounds, 2K also released a statement regarding the future of the sim WWE 2K series. You can read the statement in full below:
We’ve heard and appreciate your feedback, and continue to listen to you closely. Since launch, we’ve released five title updates, addressing hundreds of reported concerns, and have released four WWE 2K20 Originals DLC expansions to build on and improve the experience. We’ve also heard your requests to keep the WWE 2K19 servers running; they will remain active for the time being.
All of that being said, we hear you and we know you want more from the franchise, so here’s what we’re going to do: we are applying what we’ve learned to the next WWE 2K simulation game with a renewed focus on quality and fun. As part of that commitment, we are extending the production timeline and will not be releasing a WWE 2K simulation game this fall, as we normally would. We want to ensure the development team at Visual Concepts can create a great game that will entertain grizzled WWE 2K veterans, as well as newcomers who want to climb through the ropes and step into the ring for the very first time.
We’ve recruited Patrick Gilmore to serve as our new Executive Producer and lead these efforts at Visual Concepts. Patrick has over 25 years of experience in video games, reaching all the way back to Disney’s Aladdin on Sega Genesis, and including franchises like Killer Instinct, Medal of Honor, and, most recently, Amazon’s New World. He will be overseeing WWE 2K development, and you’ll be hearing more from him and the team in the months to come.
We hope you find this news as exciting as we do. We are confident it will lead to better games in the future.
Patriot’s Position: Fantastic. I’m one of the people who didn’t enjoy 2K19 either, in fact I haven’t had fun with a sim WWE game since the old THQ games. 2K20 was the first WWE game I didn’t purchase at any point since SvR 2008.
The series needs a complete overhaul, with modes that are actually fun. Universe is, and always has been, extremely lackluster. Give us a fully functional Owner/GM/Booker/Franchise mode. Make the game fun, not focused on realism. I will hold them to that focus on quality and fun, if the next one doesn’t have that then I won’t buy it either. Simple as that.
I can’t get excited about Patrick Gilmore. I’m sure he’s great at what he does, but none of the mentioned titles translates to will be able to help oversee a fun wrestling game especially without even knowing if he’s a wrestling fan.