WWE 2K21 may have been cancelled, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a new wrestling game this year.
After rumours that this year’s annual wrestling game had been cancelled, WWE CFO Frank Riddick confirmed the news to investors.
The exact reason is unclear, although it probably has something to do with the quality of last year’s release.
Fortunately, however, it looks like something will take WWE 2K21’s place.
WWE video game publisher 2K is planning to make a big announcement about the future of the franchise on April 27.
“We will be sharing details on the future of the WWE 2K franchise as well as some exciting news on Monday at 7:00 a.m. PT,” reads a 2K tweet.
WWE fans in the UK should tune in at 3pm BST to find out what’s in store for 2020. Express Online will update the article following the announcement.
The release of WWE 2K20 was heavily impacted by the split between long-time developer Yuke’s and 2K studio Visual Concepts.
Last year’s entry was as bad as it gets, scoring just 42% on Metacritic for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Reviewers criticised the game’s visuals, gameplay and wealth of technical bugs and glitches.
Then there’s the coronavirus crisis, which is making video game development a lot harder than it should be.
While there are development roles that can be performed from home, the lockdown makes it difficult to manage a big project like a WWE 2K video game – especially one with such weak foundations.
In terms of a replacement, WWE could cash-in on the retro video game craze by re-releasing a collection of its classic arcade games.
Better yet, how about a modern homage similar to something like RetroMania Wrestling?
I would also love to see the company make a new WWE All-Stars style game, complete with over-the-top finishing moves and exaggerated characters.
Perhaps we’ll get a home console port of WWE Supercard, which feels like it would work well on Nintendo Switch.