WWE 2K21 may have been cancelled, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a new WWE game released this year … as confirmed this morning with a trailer for Battlegrounds.
The announcement says WWE 2K Battlegrounds is “a completely new WWE gaming experience that will feature arcade-style action and over-the-top Superstar designs, environments and moves.”
Developed by Saber Interactive Studios, who made NBA 2K Playgrounds, the game will focus on pick-up-and-play fun as opposed to a more hardcore gaming experience.
As for the future of the WWE2K franchise, here’s the update given in full:
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 in 2020 (T2 fiscal year 2021). 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.
Watch the trailer for WWE 2K Battlegrounds below.