July 3, 2022

WWE Video Game Franchise in Jeopardy

Justin Leeper (former writer for WWE games and current actor as seen in Death Stranding) had a few things to say about the state of WWE 2K20!

As reported by Ringside News, the future of the WWE 2K games has been thrown into uncertainty. This comes from Justin Leeper, a former writer who worked on “Road to Wrestlemania” events in WWE’s 2009 – 2011 video games. Leeper has been posting videos to YouTube detailing what’s going on at 2K over the latest game.

Leeper also noted how WWE and 2K’s working relationship could be strained. Due to the obvious issues surrounding 2K20 – many of which we’ve detailed here at Any Button Gaming – it doesn’t look hopeful for future incarnations.

2K’s latest patch also has not done a “whole lot” to improve the game, either. 2K has almost let 2K20 stagnate following some “vague patch notes”. Leeper claims he hasn’t seen any more evidence of any more patches coming that are “of significance”.

It might now be a case of 2K actually wanting to distance themselves from WWE 2K20. So much so, that a large number of the team has actually left.

Another Huge Disappointment for Fans

Leeper noted how “when something goes bad in the WWE franchise they cut the budget”. And, if that is the case, then a potential 2K21 would have significantly less money to utilise. There have been no fewer than 10 people who have left the project, according to Leeper.

“I’ve heard about a double-digit number of people on the team who quit”, Leeper said. “They haven’t quit for other stuff. They just quit because it’s like, ‘man I don’t want this stink on me anymore. I don’t care what I’m doing. I’m leaving. I’m taking my stuff and going.'”

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If Leeper is correct in his statements, then this could possibly mark the end of the WWE 2K series as we know it. But if another publisher acquired the rights, they would have even less time to work on next year’s product. Which, in turn, would result in a potentially worse game at the end of it all. This, coupled with the rumoured AEW game is damaging times for WWE in the video game world. We will have to wait and see what happens with the series going forward.

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