WWE fans have been treated to some positive news about the next 2K wrestling game.
In case you missed it, the WWE 2K series is currently on hold following the disastrous release of WWE 2K20.
The next game in the WWE 2K series will be released in 2021, and judging by the latest comments by 2K Sports, it’s shaping up nicely.
Indeed, according to executive producer Patrick Gilmore, WWE 2K22 will take inspiration from No Mercy and Smackdown: Here Comes the Pain.
“Core gameplay is one of the major investments we’re making in the next instalment – one of six pillars we are focused on disproportionately in development,” he said.
“We are looking at much-loved previous games like No Mercy or SmackDown: Here Comes the Pain, along with top franchise instalments, and more modern wrestling and fighting games to build an all-new philosophical foundation for the game.
“People who hope that we holistically adopt the control scheme or philosophy from one of their favourite games are likely to be disappointed; we are trying to combine the best ideas out there into a brand new wrestling experience that sets a new standard.”
If the WWE 2K22 gameplay matches N64 classic No Mercy, then fans are in for something special.
Gilmore also discussed some of the new gameplay features, explaining that the new game will have a simple and intuitive interface.
“The game play team is focused on Accessibility, Depth and Wrestling Experience,” he continues.
“For Accessibility, we’re obsessed with a simple, intuitive interface which has meaning and depth in a wide variety of contexts – i.e. the game is a lot smarter about what the player is trying to do given a gameplay situation (in a grapple, on the ropes, against a turnbuckle, etc.), with consistent inputs regardless of situation.
“New players should be able to accidentally pull off awesome moves just by playing with and experimenting with controls.”
With no WWE 2K game in 2020, fans will have to settle for arcade spinoffs like WWE Battlegrounds and RetroMania Wrestling.
Launching later this autumn, WWE Battlegrounds features arcade action and “over-the-top Superstar designs”.
“We’re thrilled to introduce you to WWE 2K Battlegrounds, a completely new WWE gaming experience that will feature arcade-style action and over-the-top Superstar designs, environments and moves.
“We’re focusing on social pick-up-and-play fun, but with plenty of depth for those who want to get way into it.”
It’s developed by the team behind NBA Playgrounds, although hopefully with less emphasis on microtransactions.