KEY POINTS

  • Next "WWE 2K" installment may have a touch of old WWE licenses
  • Gilmore hints at mixing old and new for next "WWE 2K" offering
  • No credible updates for "WWE 2K21" has come out yet

As most know, there will be no "WWE 2K21" coming out this year. Though the COVID-19 could be pointed out as a reason, Visual Concepts revealed that they want to make sure that the next edition will not flop like the last one. Taking a year off could give game developers more time to assess needed changes, led by the new franchise executive producer Frank Gilmore.

Gilmore is part of the reason why "WWE 2K21" is not happening. The former Amazon Games Orange County executive was hired to add some life to the sagging game franchise. As most know, many lashed out at "WWE 2K20" for its poor graphics and bugs. Try as they might, game developers simply failed to live up to the expectations of gamers and now Visual Concepts hopes to set things in order, Much of this was covered in a previous post.

It appears that Gilmore offered some hints of things to come. In a recent Reddit Q&A, he talked about the next simulation-based game. As expected, he vowed to revolutionize the gaming system to offer something worth playing. Part of that may include looking back at previous WWE-themed games from yesteryears. In a way, it may be something like working back to the last game that the brand produced and was a hit. But obviously, there are more things to cover such as the storylines and the game modes which most are complaining about.

“We are looking at much-loved previous games like 'No Mercy or Smackdown: Here Comes the Pain', along with top franchise installments, and more modern wrestling and fighting games to build an all-new philosophical foundation for the game,” Gilmore wrote.

For those who were able to play the above-mentioned titles, there is no question that they were all hits. In a way, it will be interesting how Gilmore and his team would integrate them with the next "WWE 2K" offering that will likely come out in 2021. Everything has been quiet thus far with most more concerned about the coronavirus pandemic. There has been no update on movement on the part of Visual Concepts and 2K Sports except for the comments given by Gilmore. They do have the luxury of time but Gilmore is fully aware that reinvigorating the interest on "WWE 2K21" or whatever it may be called will be no easy task.

Steve Austin WWE 2K16 Character art of Steve Austin is seen from 2K Games' "WWE 2K16." Photo: http://www.wwe.com/