For years now, the silly and arcade-y spirit of professional wrestling games has been reduced to a faint fart on the wind. 2K has made a name for itself by delivering yearly, hyper-realistic takes on the world of WWE that have only floundered more and more each year. This year, though, 2K is taking a step back from its regular line of sports-entertainment simulation games. With long-time developer Yukes leaving to pursue other games, 2K has had to go back to the drawing board and figure out their next move for the WWE franchise. The answer? WWE 2K Battlegrounds, an arcade action brawler that has just been confirmed to be coming out on September 18.
Slated to arrive on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One, WWE 2K Battlegrounds features steroid-sipping bobble-head versions of over 70 different WWE superstars, from classic legends like The Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin to new stars like The Fiend and Roman Reigns. You’ll be battling across eight different environments full of interactive stage hazards, outrageous weapons, and color commentary from WWE commentators Mauro Ranallo and Jerry “The King” Lawler. If 70 wrestlers and eight arenas aren’t enough for you, though, you can also create your own WWE superstar or customize your own unique arenas to duke it out in.
WWE 2K Battlegrounds is set to launch on September 18 for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.