In a new posting by 2K last week, Mark Little, Executive Producer of WWE 2K has outlined the changes being made to WWE 2K17, specifically how the Showcase mode – popular in the last two outings for the game – is being removed. While not detailed, WWE 2K17 will boast the largest roster of wrestlers in the series’ history.
“One of the largest and most difficult decisions we made for WWE 2K17 was to forego building a 2K Showcase. We designed and contemplated several Showcase ideas, including options surrounding our cover Superstar, Brock Lesnar, but all of them were not viable due to the many historic WWE Superstars needed but not available for inclusion in the game. In addition, the team is heavily focused on building and delivering great content that fans can enjoy for years to come, while the Showcases only live in games from year to year. In all, we didn’t feel good about creating a Showcase that was not up to our standards and current development vision, so we decided to take that effort and put it into modes our community requests we keep improving: WWE Universe and MyCareer.”
WWE 2K16’s showcase featured Stone Cold Steve Austin, with other superstars before that in the previous game. Some were added as DLC, so that means the season pass will need to change somewhat. Hopefully for the better.
WWE’s Universe mode will change greatly too. The developer knows that fans tune in weekly to see what happens next in each of the shows, and they want to reflect this in your experience while playing the game.
“Our new Show Presentation system makes players feel like they are playing through a weekly episode of any WWE television or WWE Network program. We also added more intrigue and possibilities by incorporating run-ins, as well as pre- and post-match attacks. Just like in WWE, we never know what might happen next.”
MyCareer also gets some new features for WWE 2K17, which fans should love. MyCareer lets you create a wrestler from scratch, upgrading him/her, and unlocking new clothing options and moves to take on the rest of the WWE.
“We incorporated the new Promo Engine, so Superstars can express themselves to the WWE Universe and also call out or respond to other WWE Superstars. Backstage interviews with Renee Young take on a whole new dimension with our new backstage brawling gameplay. Now more than ever, how a player competes, reacts, what is said and even what attire is worn can make a difference in a Superstar’s journey through the WWE. At some point, players are also likely to come face to face with Brock Lesnar and his advocate, Paul Heyman. What happens when confronted by this imposing duo will greatly shape a player’s future career growth in WWE.”
Lastly, there’s the creation tools, which also get better and better in wrestling games, and some of the community created fighters and events are the best. Who doesn’t want to see Homer Simpson, Spiderman, Batman and Hulk Hogan beating the crap out of each other in a fatal four-way?!
“For WWE 2K17, we added new creation features, as well as focused on deepening and providing even more options for existing creation features. For example, we added many more parts, more adjustment options and elements like body hair, all of which add to the game’s massive set of customization options. We also added a full Highlight Replay system, which allows players to record video highlights from their matches. The video content can be used in our new Create a Video feature, which lets players create videos for use in things like custom entrance Titan Tron videos for created Superstars. We also deepened the Create a Show feature and added a brand new Create a Victory feature to ensure everyone can create the most comprehensive WWE experience possible. Whether players build their own worlds or simply expand on existing tools, the power is in their hands.”
WWE 2K17 has a release date of October 11th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS3 and 360.