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WWE 2K Battlegrounds Releases September 18

2K gave the WWE 2K games a temporary hiatus this year, a much-needed move for a series that has spent the last few years struggling to hit the kind of quality fans expect, but won’t be leaving the calendar year empty of a wrestling release thanks to WWE 2K Battlegrounds, which hits September 18th on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One.

Battlegrounds, which features stylized graphics for the larger-than-life roster, looks to be a far more arcade-style experience than the sim-style 2K game. In a way it reminds me of Legends of WrestleMania, and I had a blast with that game so I’m all in on this one.

The roster really helps with that, as a lapsed wrestling fan who hasn’t faithfully watched in years, featuring a number of the old school wrasslers I’m familiar with. Mankind? Undertaker? HBK? Sgt. Slaughter? I’m loving the matchups here!

I’m really curious to see how this will play, so expect to hear more as we get closer to that September release.

Here’s the press release:


BRAWL WITHOUT LIMITS IN WWE® 2K BATTLEGROUNDS

Arcade-style, competitive action and social play bring friends and families together to battle it out in the ring

New York, NY – July 8, 2020 – 2K today announced that WWE® 2K Battlegrounds, the arcade-style brawler that will bring over-the-top WWE action to a new level of intensity, will release worldwide on September 18, 2020 for the PlayStation®4 system, the Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X and Windows PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch system and Stadia. Featuring a roster of more than 70 WWE Superstars and Legends at launch, with additional Superstars to be released thereafter, WWE 2K Battlegrounds is now available for pre-order in digital formats and at participating retailers.  

Developed by Saber Interactive, WWE 2K Battlegrounds offers explosive excitement in an approachable experience for everyone from passionate WWE fans to casual players, with several ways to play:

  • Exhibition: Take part in Exhibition matches at home or on-the-go, anytime and anywhere, in local and online multiplayer action for up to four players;
  • Campaign: Join the adventures of seven new WWE hopefuls – created exclusively for WWE 2K Battlegrounds – in Campaign mode and compete for the chance to earn a WWE contract. Along the way, you’ll unlock new arenas, inspired by locations such as the Everglades, a military-style Bootcamp, Mexico, New York and Scotland, while receiving guidance from legendary personalities including “Stone Cold” Steve Austin® and Paul Heyman;
  • King of the Battleground: Take on all comers in the King of the Battleground, an online, last-man-standing mode where four players start in the ring while four more wait outside to enter, challenging you to run the gauntlet and defeat them all;
  • Online: Test your toughness in online tournaments and Exhibition matches.

Eight unique Battlegrounds environments play a major role in the action, many of them featuring interactive elements adding to the mayhem alongside a variety of outrageous melee weapons players can use to pummel opponents. Soar from military helicopters, smash opponents with cars in an auto shop and toss them into the jaws of a hungry alligator in the swamp. Bombastic play-by-play is provided by WWE commentators Mauro Ranallo and Jerry “The King” Lawler® to complete the mood.

Players can also customize their own arenas to give each brawl a personal touch and use the Superstar Creator to build their own, unique WWE Superstar with different body types and sizes, facial features, clothing, hair and fighting styles.

“We know WWE fans and gamers enjoy a wide variety of experiences, and with WWE 2K Battlegrounds, we’re presenting a whole new dimension through arcade-style gameplay that’s completely different than our WWE 2K simulation franchise,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing for 2K. “We look forward to seeing everyone tear it up with friends and family in the Battlegrounds.”

WWE 2K Battlegrounds is designed to be easy to pick up and play, but challenging to master, with more advanced techniques to be learned and skills to be unlocked so players of all skill levels can enjoy the action. A roster of today’s biggest WWE Superstars, including Roman Reigns®, Drew McIntyre®, Charlotte Flair®, Becky Lynch®, Asuka®, Daniel Bryan®, Kofi Kingston®, Randy Orton® – combined with Legends – including Andre the Giant, Undertaker®, Mankind®, Shawn Michaels®, Yokozuna, Sgt. Slaughter and many more, offers fan favorites for all generations of the WWE Universe to enjoy, with more unlockable Superstars to come via free updates in the future. Each Superstar utilizes one of five class styles, and each class style has its own combat moves, strengths and weaknesses. Choose from the Powerhouse, Technician, High-Flyer, Brawler and All-Rounder to find the style that works best for you. Arcade-style powerups, such as Flaming Fist, Ice Breath and Earthquake, are accompanied by colorful visual effects, offering extra excitement and an additional dimension of strategy that can quickly change the direction of a match.

WWE 2K Battlegrounds is available now for pre-order in Standard Edition (MSRP $39.99) and Digital Deluxe Edition (MSRP $49.99). Players who pre-order the Standard Edition will receive WWE Hall of Famer Edge®* at launch. The Digital Deluxe edition includes Edge, as well as all versions of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock and Ronda Rousey® unlocked at the beginning of play, plus 1100 bonus Golden Bucks, in-game currency that can be used to unlock Superstars, as well as cosmetic items**.

Developed by Saber Interactive, WWE 2K Battlegrounds is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and is currently scheduled for worldwide release on September 18, 2020 for the PlayStation®4 system, the Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X and Windows PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch system and Stadia. For more information on WWE 2K Battlegrounds and 2K, visit WWE.2K.com/Battlegrounds, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #WWE2KBattlegrounds or subscribe on YouTube.

*Pre-order bonus offer ends September 18, 2020. Offer period may vary by platform and region. See platform store for details. Terms apply.

**WWE Superstars, in-game currency and cosmetic items can also be unlocked by achieving in-game objectives. No additional purchase necessary.

Online Lobbies and Daily Challenges Coming to WWE 2K20

Nothing brings me back to a game over and over like daily challenges – if they’re done right – so I’m really interested in seeing what WWE 2K20 does with their newly announced daily challenges. From the release it sounds like exactly what I want, a motivation to try something different from the modes I normally play.
Visual Concepts also delighted longtime WWE 2K fans with the return of online lobbies, helping you find exactly the match you want when you want to play them. And while the online stuff is great, and is hugely important for the long-term life of the game, I’m – admittedly very selfishly – more happy to hear that unlocks from MyCareer modes aren’t going to be locked to those modes!
WWE 2K20 releases October 22nd for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
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Here’s the press release:


Online Lobbies and Updates to Daily Challenges Announced for WWE 2K20

Play your way in the highly requested return of online lobbies, experience more MyPLAYER freedom and face new challenges daily
With the forthcoming launch of WWE 2K20, players will enjoy a suite of new online features designed to help streamline matches with friends and similarly-minded players alike, enhance customization and treat players to a variety of challenges rotating daily.
Check out the full list of upcoming online features added below:

Online Lobbies Return in WWE 2K20

The highly requested online lobby system is back in WWE 2K20. Lobbies will streamline the process of pairing up players and getting them into a match as quickly as possible. We’re also excited to talk about new developments in MyPLAYER, Road to Glory, and MyPLAYER Towers.

Create a Lobby

If you have an exact online multiplayer match in mind, creating a lobby is the way to go. Select from a wide variety of match types and rules with up to six players. Choose the arena, Superstar gender, and even toggle the restriction to only allow default WWE Superstars (a.k.a. Fair Play). You can start out in private mode to invite friends and then open the remaining slots to the general public if you prefer. Once in a lobby together, everyone can voice chat as they select Superstars and the lobby creator makes decisions on the match at hand. Players will now have full visibility on how the match is coming together.

Get in Quickly

If you’re less picky about what kind of match you want to play, you can browse currently available lobbies that only need one or two more participants and jump right in. Or use the search feature to filter by preference. Even easier, select Quick Play to be slotted into ready-to-go matches automatically.

MyPLAYER Evolution

As previously announced, both male and female MyPLAYERS are part of MyCAREER. This extends to Road to Glory and MyPLAYER Towers as well. You create both male and female MyPLAYERs with different styles (one can be a brawler and the other a high-flier, for example), experience pools, progression trees, and creation part unlocks. This consistent pair can level up and unlock items throughout all three of these modes.
For the first time ever, any special creation parts you unlock through playing MyCAREER, Road to Glory, and MyPLAYER Towers are also available in the general Create-a-Superstar mode. On top of that, you can export the appearance of your MyPLAYER out to the general character creations as well!
Road to Glory and MyPLAYER Tower fans will be familiar with the process of earning stars to enter special pay-per-view events. These Road to Glory events now include female matches for the first time, in addition to male matches.

Daily Refreshed Match Challenges

The new Tonight’s Match feature in Multiplayer places you in a new match every day that rotates through match types, rules, genders, and arenas to make it simple to constantly try something new.
The Road to Glory Featured Match of the day is similar to Tonight’s Match, but also includes potential Triple Threat, Fatal 4-Way, and 6-Man (or woman) matches. These will regularly toggle back and forth between male and female matches so both of your MyPLAYERs will get regular rotation.
Tonight’s Match, Road to Glory Featured Matches, and daily MyPLAYER Tower challenges (single player) will all incorporate elements from the new WWE 2K20 2K Originals post-launch downloadable content*, whether you’ve purchased them or not. For example, once the first package, WWE 2K20 Originals: Bump in the Night, releases, you may see matches taking place in the Wyatt Swamp Arena or Cemetery Brawl Arena. Or you might face FrankenStrowman one day in a MyPLAYER Tower daily challenge. You never know what kind of 2K Originals content might show up any given day for all players with online multiplayer access to enjoy.
*Additional purchase may be required

WWE 2K20 Unveils Two New Entrances

The WWE video games have long relied on the heavy nostalgia for the Attitude Era to bring fans back and, despite this being the first year that Visual Concepts handles the development on their own, this year’s no different. Why would it be though – that’s hands down the most popular wrestling has ever been.
The Texas Rattlesnake’s ring entrance was recently revealed, and I have to admit it’s a pretty stunning recreation.

There’s also an entrance video for Kevin Owens to check out, and it does a better job than Stone Cold’s to show off how hair looks.

The first ring entrance video to drop was for none other than Samoa Joe – check it out here.
WWE 2K20 releases October 22 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
 

WWE 2K20 Features 2K Showcase: The Women's Evolution

Women’s wrestling has come a long way, and WWE 2K20 celebrates that with 2K Showcase: The Women’s Evolution. The showcase follows Superstar Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Bayley, and Sasha Banks in their journey as the Four Horsewomen to bring women’s wrestling front and center in the WWE.

Here’s the press release:


Experience the journey of the Four Horsewomen

In 2014, four talented young upstarts in NXT helped start what would eventually become known as the Women’s Evolution in WWE. Fast forward to 2019, and women headlined WrestleMania for the first time in history.
WWE 2K20 tells the whole story in 2K Showcase: The Women’s Evolution. Cover Superstar Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Bayley, and Sasha Banks – the Four Horsewomen – describe the journey to bring women’s wrestling to the forefront of WWE in their own words with exclusive live action footage.
2K Showcase includes 15 playable instant classic matches spanning the group’s meteoric rise over that last five years. Players will unlock characters, attire parts, titles, and more as they progress. Check out the complete list below to see if your favorites made the cut.
WWE 2K20 2K Showcase: The Women’s Evolution

  • NXT TakeOver – Charlotte Flair w/ Ric Flair v. Natalya w/Bret Hart
  • NXT TakeOver: Rival – Sasha Banks v. Charlotte Flair v. Bayley v. Becky Lynch
  • NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn – Bayley v. Sasha Banks
  • Night of Champions 2015 – Charlotte Flair w/Paige & Becky Lynch v. Nikki Bella w/Brie Bella & Alicia Fox
  • WrestleMania 32 – Charlotte Flair w/Ric Flair v. Becky Lynch v. Sasha Banks
  • RAW – Sasha Banks v. Charlotte w/Dana Brooke
  • Backlash – Becky Lynch v. Alexa Bliss v. Carmella v. Naomi v. Natalya v. Nikki Bella
  • Hell in a Cell – Charlotte Flair v. Sasha Banks
  • Elimination Chamber – Becky Lynch v. Mickie James
  • RAW – Bayley v. Charlotte Flair
  • Fastlane – Sasha Banks v. Nia Jax
  • WrestleMania 33 – Bayley v. Charlotte Flair v. Nia Jax v. Sasha Banks
  • WrestleMania 34 – Charlotte Flair v. Asuka
  • Evolution – Becky Lynch v. Charlotte Flair
  • WrestleMania 35 – Becky Lynch v. Charlotte Flair v. Ronda Rousey

WWE 2K20 Breaks Barriers With Franchise Firsts

I used to be a huge fan of wrestling and it’s all traceable back to watching Stampede Wrestling on Saturday mornings with my dad. While I don’t seem to have the time to keep up with it live these days, I still stop in to see what’s going on in the soap-opera-esque world of the squared circle from time to time and I look forward to the release of wrestling games as a way to check out the new talent.
The quality of the WWE 2K games has fluctuated a bit over the years, but the last few years have seen those fluctuations trending far more up than down. The visuals have been improved, the animations have finally been polished up, and the roster no longer feels like it’s a year out of date.
This year’s outing looks to continue that trend, with a number of franchise firsts including WWE 2K20 Originals, a games-as-a-service mode that offers up long-lasting play and has my interest already.
For more on the game, check out the full press release:


“Step Inside” WWE 2K20 and Experience Franchise Firsts with Cover Superstars Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns

Women’s Evolution inspired 2K Showcase, diversified MyCAREER experience, streamlined controls and debut of WWE 2K20 Originals headline initial product features reveal

Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns share the cover of WWE 2K20.

New York, NY – August 5, 2019 – 2K today announced current Raw® Women’s Champion Becky Lynch® and WWE Superstar Roman Reigns as the cover Superstars for WWE® 2K20, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE video game franchise. Lynch and Reigns will serve as ambassadors for WWE 2K20’s worldwide marketing campaign – “Step Inside” – which invites players to enter the world of WWE and face a variety of new and exciting challenges in the virtual ring. WWE 2K20 is currently scheduled for worldwide release on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X and Windows PC. Players who purchase the WWE 2K20 Deluxe Edition or Collector’s Edition will receive in-game bonuses, including playable Superstars Chyna, Hulk Hogan, Mankind and The Rock®, in addition to the Standard Edition game.
“My career has been about breaking barriers and doing what nobody else has done before. Being the first female Superstar on the cover of a WWE 2K video game is no exception,” said Becky Lynch.
“As a gamer myself, being on the cover of WWE 2K20 alongside ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch and joining the likes of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and John Cena is a huge career and personal milestone for me,” said Roman Reigns.
WWE 2K20, in direct response to fan feedback, will include several franchise firsts alongside streamlined gameplay and a variety of popular modes. The story-driven, objective-based 2K ShowcaseThe Women’s Evolution will follow the careers of the Four Horsewomen – Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley®, Charlotte Flair® and Sasha Banks®. Controls will be streamlined to allow new players to jump into the game more easily, while experienced players will still enjoy a challenge.
In addition, WWE 2K20 players will be able to compete as both male and female Superstars in MyCAREER and Mixed Tag matches, while last year’s popular WWE Towers returns with exciting new challenges, including a story-driven Tower centered around the career of Roman Reigns.
The game will also introduce a new service model – WWE 2K20 Originals – set to deliver a wealth of 2K Showcase add-on content for player exploration beyond the game’s initial launch. Each of the WWE 2K20 Originals will present a new playable world and its own unique theme, with more details to be announced in the coming months. WWE 2K20 Originals is downloadable content that may require additional purchase.
“Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns embody passion, determination and perseverance, and they’re both major game changers within the larger WWE landscape,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing for 2K. “They are the spirit of WWE 2K20, which is going to introduce changes requested by our fans. They asked for female-driven MyCAREER and 2K Showcase offerings, and we’re giving them just that, as well as streamlined controls and our brand new WWE 2K20 Originals. We can’t wait to reveal more details soon.”
In addition, 2K today announced details surrounding WWE 2K20 premium product offerings:
About the WWE 2K20 Deluxe Edition
Players who purchase the WWE 2K20 Deluxe Edition, available in both physical and digital varieties at participating retailers, will receive in-game bonuses for the PS4 system, Xbox One and Windows PC. Offering more than 35% in savings, the WWE 2K20 Deluxe Edition includes the following items:

  • Copy of WWE 2K20 video game with Deluxe Edition packaging;
  • Accelerator – Take control of your WWE 2K20 experience with the Accelerator. Players can gain access to all unlockable content available at launch via the game’s Purchasable section and take full control of the overall rankings and attribute levels of all playable characters;
  • Kickstart – Get a leg up in your MyCAREER by unlocking and boosting your MyPLAYER ratings and attributes with 25 additional Attribute Points and 8 Additional Skill Points. Plus, get a 25,000 VC starting bonus to unlock more Superstar parts, Moves and more! In addition to this, start with all Boost Slots unlocked plus 15 free Boosts, 2,000 free Tokens and 400 free Deluxe Tokens;
  • Complete set of WWE 2K20 Originals content packages (more details to be announced);
  • Additional bonus digital content, including playable Superstars Chyna, in her first WWE 2K appearance, Hulk Hogan, “$500 Shirt” The Rock®, and Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection Mankind (more details to be announced);
  • WWE SuperCard Limited Edition Cards (included with physical versions only).

About the WWE 2K20 Collector’s Edition
Players who purchase the WWE 2K20 Collector’s Edition at participating retailers will also receive in-game bonuses for the PS4 system and Xbox One. Offering more than 40% in savings, the WWE 2K20 Collector’s Edition is available in physical format only, features a 20th Anniversary of SmackDown theme and includes the following items:

  • Copy of WWE 2K20 video game with Collector’s Edition packaging;
  • Accelerator – Take control of your WWE 2K20 experience with the Accelerator. Players can gain access to all unlockable content available at launch via the game’s Purchasable section and take full control of the overall rankings and attribute levels of all playable characters;
  • Kickstart – Get a leg up in your MyCAREER by unlocking and boosting your MyPLAYER ratings and attributes with 25 additional Attribute Points and 8 Additional Skill Points. Plus, get a 25,000 VC starting bonus to unlock more Superstar parts, Moves and more! In addition to this, start with all Boost Slots unlocked plus 15 free Boosts, 2,000 free Tokens and 400 free Deluxe Tokens;
  • Complete set of WWE 2K20 Originals content packages (more details to be announced);
  • Additional bonus digital content, including playable Superstars Chyna, in her first WWE 2K appearance, Hulk Hogan, “$500 Shirt” The Rock®, and Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection Mankind (more details to be announced);
  • Physical collectibles including:
    • Exclusive WWE SmackDown! Ring Skirt Relic Piece (2002-2008)
    • Limited Edition WWE SmackDown! Legend Autographed Plaque (Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio® or Edge®)
  • WWE SuperCard Limited Edition Cards.