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WWE 2K20 is a professional wrestling video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It was released worldwide on October 22, 2019 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.[1] It is the twenty-first game in the WWE game series and the successor to WWE 2K19. WWE 2K20 is the first WWE series game to not be developed by Yuke's since the inception of the series in 2000. Instead the game was solely developed by Visual Concepts, who had previously worked with Yuke's as co-developers. Upon launch, the game received negative reviews for its graphics, physics, and particularly for its many glitches.

WWE 2K20
WWE 2K20 - Game cover.jpg
Cover photo featuring Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns
Developer(s)Visual Concepts
Publisher(s)2K Sports
SeriesWWE 2K
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
ReleaseStandard Edition
  • WW: October 22, 2019
Genre(s)Sports
Mode(s)Single-player, Multiplayer

Gameplay

WWE 2K20's 2K Showcase mode revolves around the Four Horsewomen of WWE (Bayley, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks).[2] The 2K Towers mode, first introduced in WWE 2K19, made its return to the series.[3] WWE 2K20 features a female MyCareer story alongside its male story, a first for the franchise.[4]

Development

WWE 2K20 is the first game in the series to be solely developed by Visual Concepts; previous entries were co-developed by Yuke's.[5] Eminem was reported to be curating the soundtrack of the game early in development, but talks with the rapper fell through after the news was leaked before it was made official.[6] The game was formally announced on August 5, 2019, with a trailer announcing Lynch and Reigns as cover stars.[7] This marks the first game in the 2K series to feature a female cover star (most recently, THQ's WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 featured Torrie Wilson on the NTSC cover of the game), and the first game since WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 to have more than one cover star.

The collectors' edition, the "SmackDown! 20th Anniversary Edition", featured the return of Chyna as a playable character, who has not been featured in a WWE video game since WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role in 2000. The game also featured the return of Hulk Hogan, who last appeared in WWE 2K15.[8][9][10] WWE 2K20 will have four DLC packs entitled "WWE 2K Originals," showing players a "fictional realm" with themed content. The first announced pack, "Bump in the Night", will revolve around Bray Wyatt's "The Fiend" persona.[11]

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(PS4) 41/100[12]
(XONE) 40/100[13]
Review scores
PublicationScore
GamesRadar+     [14]
IGN4.3/10[15]

WWE 2K20 received "generally unfavorable reviews" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[12][13] Critics criticized the physics, graphics, targeting, change in controls and the large amount of glitches.[16][17][18] Brian Mazique of Forbes said "It feels as if this was a rebuilding year for the WWE 2K franchise." Mazique also said, "While a few of the legacy strengths such as the creation suite are still strong, the most important part, the gameplay is in a bad place."[19] Matt Fowler of IGN gave the game a rating of 4.3 out of 10 and called it a "mess". He went on to state "WWE 2K19 looked like it stopped the downward trend for the series, but WWE 2K20 doubles back, breaks its ankle, and tumbles down the slope. Fundamental parts that felt totally fine in WWE 2K19 now feel clumsy, the impressive roster of 238 superstars is all but meaningless when a majority of them look like they crawled out of a PS2-era wrestling game, and while 2K20's MyCareer mode offers a better wrestling story mode than most previous WWE 2K games, that’s a low bar to clear – it’s still saddled with bad progression and a plodding pace. This is a mess that 2K needs to clean up in a hurry."[15]

References

  1. ^ Artus, Matthew. "Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns unveiled as WWE 2K20 cover Superstars". WWE. Archived from the original on August 5, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "WWE's Four Horsewomen Will Star in WWE 2K20's Showcase Mode". WWG. Archived from the original on August 6, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  3. ^ "WWE 2K20 Game Features". WWE2K. Archived from the original on August 6, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Aguilar, Matthew. "WWE 2K20 Adds Women to Career Mode for First Time Ever". WWG. Archived from the original on August 5, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  5. ^ "WWE 2K20 Developer Will Be Visual Concepts, Yuke's Working On Original Wrestling Game - Wrestlezone". Wrestlezone. Archived from the original on August 19, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  6. ^ "Details On Why Eminem Was Reported To Be Working On WWE 2K20 Soundtrack When He Wasn't". 411MANIA. Archived from the original on August 19, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  7. ^ EDT, Phillip Martinez On 8/5/19 at 9:34 AM (August 5, 2019). "Get ready to "step inside" 'WWE 2K20' on October 22". Newsweek. Archived from the original on August 19, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  8. ^ Coulson, Josh (August 5, 2019). "WWE 2K20: SmackDown 20th Anniversary Edition Will Include Hulk Hogan & Chyna". TheSportster. Archived from the original on August 5, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  9. ^ "#WWE2K20 on Twitter". Twitter. August 6, 2019. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  10. ^ "#WWE2K20 on Twitter". Twitter. August 7, 2019. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  11. ^ "WWE 2K20's DLC will introduce 'Fictional Realms'". Destructoid.
  12. ^ a b "WWE 2K20 for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  13. ^ a b "WWE 2K20 for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  14. ^ Wilson, Ben (October 24, 2019). "WWE 2K20 Review". GamesRadar+. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  15. ^ a b Fowler, Matt (October 24, 2019). "WWE 2K20 Review". IGN. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  16. ^ "This Is Not How Wrestling Ring Ropes Work, WWE 2K20 [Update]". Deadspin.
  17. ^ Martin, Liam (October 21, 2019). "WWE 2K20 REVIEW: Terrible news for fans ahead of PS4, Xbox release date". Express.co.uk.
  18. ^ Square, Push (October 22, 2019). "WWE 2K20 Is an Astoundingly Buggy Mess on PS4". Push Square.
  19. ^ Mazique, Brian. "'WWE 2K20' Review: The Good, The Bad, The Bottom Line". Forbes.

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