WWE is back! We chat with creative director for visual concepts, Lynell Jinks, about what we can expect from WWE 2K20.
What are they key things for players to look forward to in this year’s release?
The visual concepts team is really excited to drive the WWE 2K franchise into the future and show players our vision and creativity. One of our new ideas that really sets WWE 2K20 apart from previous WWE 2K games is WWE 2K20 Originals, which will give players exponentially more content to play after the game launches and explores whole new fantasy worlds with unique versions of popular WWE Superstars. We’re also introducing new Superstars who have not been featured in WWE 2K in the past, as well as 2K Towers: Roman’s Reign, 2K Showcase: The Women’s Evolution, male and female MyCareer, Mixed Tag matches and more!
What are the biggest gameplay improvements that players should expect?
WWE 2K20 features several new features, including allowing players to compete as both male and female Superstars in MyCareer and Mixed Tag matches, as well as streamlined controls.
Have any provisions been made to allow simplified “pick up and play” for newcomers to the franchise?
We’ve streamlined the controls, which will allow new players to jump into the game more easily, while experienced players will still enjoy a challenge.
A female MyCareer mode has been added this year, along with a new Showcase mode featuring the Four Horsewomen and Becky Lynch as a cover co-star. How strong a female presence have you noticed in the game’s community, and what do you think this part of the audience might most look forward to in WWE 2K20?
Yes, there is a growing female contingent amongst the WWE 2K community and we are excited to introduce 2K Showcase: The Women’s Evolution, the option to play MyCareer as male and female MyPlayers, and Mixed Tag matches. I think that all players will really enjoy playing 2K Showcase: The Women’s Evolution, as it tells the story of four very different women fighting together (and against each other) to achieve their ultimate dream.
Do the male and female MyCareer modes play out differently, or much the same?
You’ll be able to play through different parts of the story using both the male and female MyPlayers, whose WWE careers are connected.
Have any specific improvements been made to the game’s AI in 2K20?
We completely rewrote the logic for AI performing their Signature and Finisher moves. AI will show more variety in how they attempt to finish a match. AI’s fighting style will be more opportunistic when fighting in brawl arenas, and they will frequently utilise the available weapons and environmental interactions.
Are any classic WWE stars making a return to the game this year?
Yes! We’re very excited to announce that Chyna will be making her very first WWE 2K franchise appearance. Other WWE Legends will also appear, including Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Sting, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels and many more still to be announced.
Razzle dazzle presentation has always been a huge part of the WWE 2K experience. What are the hottest additions that we should expect this year in the presentation department?
I think you’re going to love “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, as well as Aleister Black’s creepy entrance. We also have so many amazing concepts and visual elements planned for each of our WWE 2K20: Originals packages as well. You’ll have to wait and see what’s in store when our fan-favourite OMG trailer launches!
Does your team do much monitoring of social media and general feedback to get ideas for possible improvements to WWE 2K each year? Was there any one particular “Hey, wish we’d thought of that!” moment for this year’s model?
Yes! In fact, several of the new improvements you’ll see come as a direct response to fan requests and suggestions, such as the female MyCareer and streamlined controls.
WWE 2K20 launches on PS4 and Xbox One on October 22.