WWE 2K17 News Post

2K has revealed the WWE 2K17 features today with more details scheduled to arrive before the game releases on October 11. Mark Little, Executive Producer, mentions the roster is larger than last year.


With the WWE 2K franchise, we are striving to deliver the most authentic and realistic WWE experience possible. Fans have been asking us to truly improve the core gameplay experience since we inherited the brand, and we are taking your requests seriously – from controls to presentation to individual features. We’ve shifted the gameplay experience focus from an arcade-centric, fighting game style to simulation-based gameplay, and WWE 2K17 continues pushing in that direction with both improved and new gameplay mechanics. In WWE 2K17, the fans will, more than ever, get to control the action how and where they want, including competing in the crowd and backstage areas. Our community asked for the return of playable backstage and crowd areas, so we delivered on this request. We also greatly improved the responsiveness of gameplay while also updating game systems like Ladders, Taunts and a new secondary submission system. As always, we added thousands of new animations into WWE 2K17, so there is a lot of new gameplay for everyone to discover and enjoy. These are just a few of the gameplay improvements we are delivering in WWE 2K17, all of which will provide the most authentic WWE experience to date.


The WWE 2K17 Creation Suite enables the WWE Universe to customize, build and share their own unique WWE Superstars, Arenas, Entrances, Shows and more. 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.


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.


In WWE Universe Mode, we are working to recreate the drama and excitement seen every week on Raw, SmackDown Live and NXT. For WWE 2K17, we created a new flow that focuses on these shows. The shows are what we all watch each week, and now with the recent brand split, are even more important. 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.

Even with all these new features, presentation and possibilities, we still felt something was missing: promos. In turn, WWE 2K17 will deliver a brand new Promo Engine that lets the WWE Superstars express their thoughts and emotions to the WWE Universe and one another. The Promo Engine creates a new dynamic and brings the experience closer to the actual WWE than ever before. That’s not all – we also are delivering a completely revamped offering of all Universe Mode cut scenes, including familiar and brand new scenarios. Collectively, WWE 2K17 represents the most comprehensive and authentic WWE Universe we’ve attempted thus far.


MyCareer also gets some exciting new features for WWE 2K17. 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.

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Member Comments
# 1 Mercury112491 @ 08/12/16 07:56 AM
Oh wow, well that's unexpected news. Curious to see how it all turns out.

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# 2 CEOHaize @ 08/12/16 08:23 AM
This is almost everything I wanted. This is amazing that they were able to add this all I this year. Awesome news
# 3 CookNBA03 @ 08/12/16 09:02 AM
Universe mode sounds better, game should be great.
# 4 CEOHaize @ 08/12/16 09:34 AM
Being able to cut promos will be fun.
# 5 Crunky @ 08/12/16 10:07 AM
This is great news they scrapped Showcase to focus on Universe and Career, this is definitely a first day buy for me.
# 6 DatIsraeliGuy @ 08/12/16 10:08 AM
They got my 60$ after one word: promos
# 7 Crunky @ 08/12/16 10:18 AM
I wonder can we create the promos ourselves, that would be cool if they allowed that sort of like Create A Story mixed in with Universe but I'm still excited even though.
# 8 Vizen @ 08/12/16 10:23 AM
Still hoping for an easier way to link managers to wrestlers in universe mode...

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# 9 DanH35 @ 08/12/16 10:37 AM
The secondary submission system sounds good, I could not get used to the system last year. I wish they would add a "sim" option for pins and submissions, taking away the mini-games for kicking out of pins or getting out of submissions. If you wore down you opponent enough, you would get the 3 count or the submission, like how No Mercy was.

I'm also excited for the Create a Video feature. I use created wrestlers a lot, not having to use a generic Titantron video is nice. Now they need to let us use custom music for entrances.
# 10 michaelhawj @ 08/12/16 10:39 AM
did they update new area, announcer table and new logo for Raw and Smackdown for 2k17 ?
# 11 Cowboy008 @ 08/12/16 10:57 AM
Sounds like they improved Universe mode.

# 12 Bard @ 08/12/16 11:01 AM
I have a feeling my Universe will last all year! Promos alone make this a buy!
# 13 mcmax3000 @ 08/12/16 11:02 AM
Originally Posted by michaelhawj
did they update new area, announcer table and new logo for Raw and Smackdown for 2k17 ?
Given that those are only a few weeks old, probably not. That stuff usually gets locked around April.
# 14 jrjolley @ 08/12/16 11:06 AM
So looking forward to this. I can't believe I ordered the NXT version now - this is going to be something else. Well done VC, thanks for making WWE games great again!
# 15 Dannyld @ 08/12/16 11:15 AM
I like that PC gamers get the game for less money and with the DLC included, but dammit I'd prefer to get it the same day console players get it.:\
# 16 CookNBA03 @ 08/12/16 11:54 AM
Also, will Smackdown and Raw have their own PPVs like they used to instead of sharing them?
# 17 Cowboy008 @ 08/12/16 11:59 AM
Originally Posted by CookNBA03
Also, will Smackdown and Raw have their own PPVs like they used to instead of sharing them?
If they don't you can do it yourself and have separate PPVs for Raw and Smackdown.
# 18 Bravesfan47 @ 08/12/16 12:00 PM
Bigger question, will all the additions to universe mode actually work? I think Ive seen like 2 cut scenes in my universe mode and after watching rivalries delete themselves for unknown reasons I've given up on using rivalries created by the game. I have almost no control over my universe of I try to use the tools the game gives you because they simply don't work. If they add stuff to universe mode and make it all actually, ya know, work, that's great.
# 19 snc237 @ 08/12/16 12:23 PM
The reason they could do showcase is because no Kurt angle.
# 20 BDKiiing @ 08/12/16 12:57 PM
They do seem to imply that the brand split is incorporated into the game. Hmm. I'm down with all the additions.

I'm cool with there being no showcase mode. Not having Benoit, Punk, and presumably Angle really makes a Brock showcase useless.

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