On the same day that 2K Sports announced the upcoming release of WWE 2K Battlegrounds, the studio went into more detail about the decision to cancel the release of WWE 2K21.
The studio said despite all the updates WWE 2K20 has received, it understands the fans’ reaction to the launch. While stating that it will keep the WWE 2K19 servers live for the time being, 2K went into details on the plans for the future.
“We hear you and we know you want more from the franchise, so here’s what we’re going to do: we are applying what we’ve learned to the next WWE 2K simulation game with a renewed focus on quality and fun,” 2K said in its statement. “As part of that commitment, we are extending the production timeline and will not be releasing a WWE 2K simulation game this fall, as we normally would. We want to ensure the development team at Visual Concepts can create a great game that will entertain grizzled WWE 2K veterans, as well as newcomers who want to climb through the ropes and step into the ring for the very first time.”
To move forward with that process, the game will have a new Executive Producer as 25-year veteran Patrick Gilmore will oversee the Visual Concepts team on the development of the next mainline release. Gilmore has worked on titles such as Aladdin for the Sega Genesis and Medal of Honor.
The studio ended its statement saying that it hopes fans “find this news as exciting as we do”.
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