2K Announces New WWE Game Called Battlegrounds, No Mainline Game This Year

In an open letter to the WWE 2K community, 2K has announced a brand new WWE experience called Battlegrounds and addressed concerns regarding the poorly received WWE 2K20.

WWE 2K Battlegrounds is a completely new WWE gaming experience that will feature arcade-style action and over-the-top Superstar designs, environments, and moves. 2K said they are focusing on social pick-up-and-play fun, but with plenty of depth for those who want to get way into it. 

WWE 2K Battlegrounds provides another way to enjoy WWE video game action. The game is being developed by Saber Interactive, the studio behind NBA 2K Playgrounds, and is scheduled to launch this fall. More information about the game will be shared in the coming months.

WWE 2K20, which has seen five title updates since it’s released, addressing hundreds of reported concerns, and four WWE 2K20 Originals DLC expansions to build on and improve the experience that was poorly received by both critics and fans alike. And while WWE 2K19 servers will remain running by popular demand, there will be no mainline game releasing this year.

We are applying what we’ve learned to the next WWE 2K simulation game with a renewed focus on quality and fun. As part of that commitment, we are extending the production timeline and will not be releasing a WWE 2K simulation game in 2020 (T2 fiscal year 2021). We want to ensure the development team at Visual Concepts can create a great game that will entertain grizzled WWE 2K veterans, as well as newcomers who want to climb through the ropes and step into the ring for the very first time.

Patrick Gilmore has joined to serve as their new Executive Producer and lead these efforts at Visual Concepts. Patrick has over 25 years of experience in video games, reaching all the way back to Disney’s Aladdin on Sega Genesis, and including franchises like Killer Instinct, Medal of Honor, and, most recently, Amazon’s New World.

In closing, we want to thank you again, and hope you’ll join us in celebrating these announcements. 2K and WWE are reaffirming a long-term commitment to expand the WWE Games family in ways that directly benefit you, the fans. We are taking the time we need to deliver the quality you deserve, while at the same time offering new experiences and ways to have fun with the WWE Superstars you love… And that’s the bottom line, ‘cause 2K said so!

The WWE Games Team at 2K, Visual Concepts, Cat Daddy and Saber Interactive