It hasn’t been the best of months for WWE.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the company has moved all live stadium shows to the smaller Performance Centre in Florida. Audiences were dropped leaving to every show being held in an empty arena. (Even Wrestlemania was filmed this way). And, worst of all, a staggering 30+ wrestlers and untold numbers of backstage/office staff were released or furloughed.
This announcement has only compounded things further. WWE made the announcement that WWE 2K would be skipping this year’s entry.
For context, the WWE series has seen a yearly release since 2001’s WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It.
The news came amongst a recent WWE investors call. Frank Riddick, WWE’s interim chief financial officer, responded to a question about this year’s gaming release. Riddick responded, saying:
“there’s not going to be a launch of a game this year”.
From WWE, this was the extent of their No further news was made about the state of play. For anyone keeping track, game writer/indie wrestler Justin Leeper previously announced that this year’s game was cancelled. It’s not that we didn’t believe him at the time (far from it, in fact), but without an official announcement, you have to take these things with a pinch of salt.
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However, publishers 2K recently confirmed the news and made note that stay tuned for something exciting being announced.
Taking to Twitter, 2K’s WWE games account tweeted out, saying:
“We will be sharing details on the future of the WWE 2K franchise as well as some exciting news on Monday [27th April] at 7:00 a.m. PT. [3 pm GMT for all of us Brits]“
What this “exciting news” will be could be anyone’s guess right now. I, personally, am hoping for a reimagining of cancelled WWE Brawl to be finally back on the table.
Regardless of what it could be, it will be intriguing times going forward. Here’s hoping the 2K brand can get the WWE license back on a good track. The extra time should give them ample opportunity to develop their ideas and efforts into making the next entry a title the fans deserve.
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