WWE 2K19 is a professional wrestling video game developed by Yuke's and published by 2K Sports. It was released worldwide on October 9, 2018 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It is the twentieth game made in the WWE game series (sixth under the WWE 2K banner), and the successor to WWE 2K18.
Cover art featuring AJ Styles
|Release||Deluxe Edition, Collector's Edition|
In an interview with Hardcore Gamer, WWE 2K creative director Lionel Jenkins stated that WWE 2K19 would be moving away from the simulation-styled gameplay of the last four WWE games, in favor of faster, more fluid gameplay, saying "[The fans] kind of got turned off by the product we were giving them and we had to think outside the box and they never thought that we’d do it. The core was simulation, and people got turned off by that and we were hearing loud and clear that they weren’t buying it anymore and that was the driving force behind all of that." He added "We were hearing from the fanbase that it was too slow, too sluggish and it wasn’t any fun anymore."
WWE 2K19 features many different returning and new game modes, including the 2K Showcase Mode, focusing on the career of Daniel Bryan. This is the first Showcase to be featured in the series since WWE 2K17's Hall of Fame Showcase DLC. Players take control of 11 different unique models of Daniel Bryan, in 11 matches, including his Velocity match against John Cena.
Two new "Tower" modes are present in 2K19. In MyPlayer Towers mode, wrestlers or created superstars can participate in challenges online or offline. Daily, Weekly and Pay-Per-View challenge towers are also introduced. In WWE Towers, There are two types of Towers including the Gauntlet Tower, where players must complete the Tower entirely in one session. Losing a match or quitting resets the progress to square one. In the Steps Tower, the players' progress is saved after each match, so they can play at their own pace.
MyCareer mode has been reinvented with the focus of a more linear storyline that centers the player's created character as an aspiring wrestler, working his or her way up from independent wrestling promotions to the WWE. Barron Blade, a fictional character featured in previous MyCareer modes, also returns and acts as the created player's guide.
The Road to Glory mode returns from previous entries, with the ability to now join one of eight different factions.
On June 15, 2018, 2K announced WWE 2K19. On June 18, 2018, 2K held a press conference, with AJ Styles being announced as the official cover star for the video game; as well as the announcement of the "WWE 2K19 Million Dollar Challenge", in which players must beat the million dollar tower in the new towers mode and submit a promotional video, after which four semifinalists will be selected. The semifinalists will compete in a tournament to determine who will face Styles for the million dollar prize.
On July 25, 2018, 2K revealed that they will featured the WWE 2K19's Collector's Edition that would be based on Ric Flair, titled the "Wooooo! Edition". Similar to some of the previous games; it includes a Deluxe Edition copy of the game and access to the game four days early and the Season Pass alongside other physical features, including a plaque featuring a fabric piece from Flair’s pink or purple robe. In-game features include the access to pre-order bonus characters Ronda Rousey and Rey Mysterio; as well as a 2002 version of The Undertaker, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes and Randy Savage, Flair's WrestleMania XXIV robe and his daughter, Charlotte Flair's WrestleMania 32 robe as in-game attires, and the 1983 Starrcade arena.
Over three weeks in August and September 2018, 2K streamed roster reveal videos on their YouTube and Twitch channels, hosted by Rusev and Lana with a different tag team as guests each week; The B-Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) the first week, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson the second week, Cesaro and Sheamus the third week. On September 13, 2018 2K released the official gameplay trailer, showcasing several new features such as Big Head Mode, a zombie version of Triple H, and Bray Wyatt's House of Horrors match location. One week later, the soundtrack was revealed in a livestream hosted by The New Day, alongside Elias and rapper Wale. Each song on the soundtrack was chosen by a WWE wrestler and includes popular artists such as Eminem, Post Malone, Metallica and Fall Out Boy.
- Wells, Cory. "WWE 2K Creative Director Discusses 'Never Say Never' Motto for WWE 2K19". Hardcore Gamer. Hardcore Gamer. Archived from the original on September 20, 2018. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
- Elfring, Mat (August 14, 2018). "WWE 2K19's New Showcase Mode Is All About Daniel Bryan". Archived from the original on August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
- Guillote, Randy. "DEV BLOG: INTRODUCING WWE 2K19 TOWERS". WWE 2K. Archived from the original on August 16, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
- Elfring, Mat. "WWE 2K19: New MyCareer Mode Takes Inspiration From NBA 2K". Gamespot.com. Gamespot. Archived from the original on September 24, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
- "forbes article". Archived from the original on October 5, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
- @WWEGames (June 15, 2018). "Who's ready for some #WWE2K19 info? Stream our press conference live on YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, and at wwe.2k.com on Monday, June 18 at 8am PT for the first details" (Tweet). Retrieved June 18, 2018 – via Twitter.
- WWE 2K (June 18, 2018). "WWE 2K19 Press Conference @ 8:00 am PT". YouTube. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
- Artus, Matthew (June 18, 2018). "AJ Styles unveiled as WWE 2K19 cover Superstar". WWE. Archived from the original on June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
- Faller, Patrick (July 2, 2018). "WWE 2K19 Features Rey Mysterio, If You Pre-Order". Archived from the original on July 5, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
- WWE (July 9, 2018). "WWE 2K19 Ronda Rousey official Pre-Order Bonus trailer" – via YouTube.
- "WWE 2K19 releases first trailer for Ronda Rousey & it's perfect". Archived from the original on July 10, 2018. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
- Bankhurst, Adam (July 25, 2018). "WWE 2K19 WOOOOO! EDITION ANNOUNCED". Retrieved July 27, 2018.
- Fowler, Matt (August 30, 2018). "WWE 2K19 Roster Reveal: 75 Playable Superstars Announced". IGN.
- "60+ new Superstars added in latest WWE 2K19 roster reveal". Archived from the original on September 9, 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
- "Final 54 Superstars revealed to complete the WWE 2K19 roster". Archived from the original on September 12, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
- "WWE 2K19 Gameplay Trailer Reveals Zombies, Outdoor Action and Possibly Big Head Mode". September 13, 2018. Archived from the original on September 16, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
- Middleton, Marc (September 17, 2018). "WWE 2K19 Soundtrack Revealed, WWE Stars Choose Tracks". Wrestling Inc. Archived from the original on September 20, 2018.
- Makuch, Eddie (September 19, 2018). "WWE 2K19 Soundtrack Features Eminem, Metallica, Post Malone, And Other Huge Names". Gamespot. Archived from the original on September 21, 2018. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
- "WWE 2K19 for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
- "WWE 2K19 for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
- Carter, Chris (October 14, 2018). "Review: WWE 2K19". Destructoid. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
- Tamburro, Paul (October 10, 2018). "WWE 2K19 Review – YES! or Hell No?". Game Revolution. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
- Wakeling, Richard (October 25, 2018). "WWE 2K19 Review: A Step In The Right Direction". GameSpot. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
- Wilson, Ben (October 10, 2018). "WWE 2K19 review: "MyCareer is a must-play, and returns this floundering behemoth to championship glory."". GamesRadar+. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
- Saltzman, Mitchell (October 9, 2018). "WWE 2K19 Review". IGN. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
- Glyer, Mike (November 19, 2018). "2018 Gamers' Choice Awards Nominees". File 770. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- "Your 2018 Winners". Australian Games Awards. December 19, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2019.