Just because there’s no mainline WWE 2K game this year doesn’t mean wrestling fans won’t be able to get their fix in 2020. Launching in September, 2K Sports has unveiled the features for WWE 2K Battlegrounds.

Featuring commentary from Mauro Ranallo and Jerry “The King” Lawler, the arcade-style grappler will release with over 70 playable WWE superstars and legends with more wrestlers to come post-launch via free updates. At launch, the roster will include the likes of:

  • John Cena
  • The Rock
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin
  • Roman Reigns
  • Braun Strowman
  • “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
  • Charlotte Flair
  • Becky Lynch
  • Sasha Banks
  • Ronda Rousey
  • Asuka
  • Randy Orton
  • Kofi Kingston
  • Drew McIntyre
  • Big Show
  • Daniel Bryan
  • Andre The Giant
  • Undertaker
  • Mankind
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Yokozuna
  • Sgt. Slaughter
  • Edge (Pre-order Bonus)

The game will feature a number of playable modes ranging from quick matches to a single-player campaign mode. The full modes list includes:

  • Exhibition: Take part in Exhibition matches at home or on-the-go, anytime and anywhere, in local and online multiplayer action for up to four players;
  • Campaign: Join the adventures of seven new WWE hopefuls – created exclusively for WWE 2K Battlegrounds – in Campaign mode and compete for the chance to earn a WWE contract. Along the way, you’ll unlock new arenas, inspired by locations such as the Everglades, a military-style Bootcamp, Mexico, New York and Scotland, while receiving guidance from legendary personalities including “Stone Cold” Steve Austin® and Paul Heyman™;
  • King of the Battleground: Take on all comers in the King of the Battleground, an online, last-man-standing mode where four players start in the ring while four more wait outside to enter, challenging you to run the gauntlet and defeat them all;
  • Online: Test your toughness in online tournaments and Exhibition matches.

As far as where your matches will take place, WWE 2K Battlegrounds has eight environments with unique elements. Thanks to the game’s announcement trailer, fans have already seen the ability to throw a wrestler into the waiting jaws of an Alligator at the swamp, but there is also an Auto Shop environment that will see players “smash opponents with cars”.

Outside of the premade arenas, players will also have the ability to customize their own, though no details on what the suite will feature have been revealed. With character creation, however, it has been announced that players can create wrestlers with different body types and sizes, facial features, clothing, hair and fighting styles.

Those fighting styles, also known as classes, come in the form of one of five options: Powerhouse, Technician, High-Flyer, Brawler and All-Rounder. There will also be power-ups for wrestlers such as a Flaming Fist, Ice Breath and Earthquake.

WWE 2K Battlegrounds launches on September 18 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Steam and Google Stadia.


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