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WWE 2K Developer Yuke's Creating New Non-WWE Wrestling Game

WWE 2K series developer Yuke’s has announced it is making an original IP wrestling game to compete internally with its own product, according to Andy Robinson over at Video Games Chronicle.

Yuke’s senior vice president and producer, Hiromi Furuta, spoke to VGC about the plans for the game and why this is something the studio has decided to do. Furuta talked about wanting to have internal competition to invigorate the staff. Furuta also mentioned that the Yuke’s team has become frustrated with the WWE 2K series because members have not been able to do what they believe they could achieve with the game. He also expressed belief they are being held back by 2K Sports and Visual Concepts.

This is what has lead to Yuke’s ultimate decision to take the wrestling video game genre to new heights and bring competition back into the fold.

“I think having no competitor isn’t healthy at all,” Furuta said. “When we had competitors in the wrestling space, we were determined not to lose and that was a great motivator for creating something great.

But right now, looking at the market demands, players are expecting something new every time we release a game and we feel like we haven’t achieved what we’ve really wanted to do. For example, in many cases we’re still using old assets and we’re not able to do some things in the way that we want to.”

Furuta wasn’t afraid to hold anything back as she would later add, “We are trying to launch a new wrestling game. Of course, we will retain the WWE team, but we are also aware that our creators are beginning to lose sight of their passion and confidence and becoming focused only on completing assigned tasks. That’s not the direction Yuke’s wants to go in. So, in order to compensate, we’re going to start a new wrestling project.”

This is particularly interesting to hear about claims of the team’s own developers starting to get complacent and lose passion for the job. Hopefully, this new project is something that can make both games improve at a faster pace than we are used to seeing in recent years.

This also makes me wonder why the WWE 2K series has not made a real attempt to move away from old assets and implement Yuke’s apparent better technology. Obviously, like all sports games today, the yearly cycle always plays a part in how much a development studio can get done. With this new game in the very early stages, it will have all the time it needs for Yuke’s to get it right in their eyes.

As far as licensing goes, Furuta did not mention anything about what promotions the game could have. One would think Yuke’s using rival promotions of WWE wouldn’t be something that WWE would be very happy about. It’s unknown whether or not there are license restrictions as to what Yuke’s could use in the game, but I really wouldn’t hold out for AEW or New Japan. If I had to guess, I would say the game might just feature generic wrestlers with a great creation suite like the WWE 2K games.

This certainly sounds like something most wrestling fans will welcome with open arms.

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  1. Just be happy we never got a Raw and SD exclusive game, like Pokemon Red and Blue. Except did teams work on each game. Buy both to have full roster.
    delspf
    Probably the best thing that can happen.
    Needs to happen with MLB games, NFL games, NHL games, NBA games now too

    Wouldn't really be the same. The equivalent would be a studio making a game with fictional teams.
    Imagine a football game like this ..that worked. like football really does. And all the sliders did what they are supposed to. 
    A wrestling game with 75-100 situational behavior sliders that can be modified. Everyone acts like you want. 
    I for one am really excited about this. I think wrestling can easily get away with a generic roster. I'm excited to see the direction they take, what modes they include, and how big of a roster they provide. I'll be following this for sure.
    Hopefully God has heard my prayers and we're getting Wrestle Kingdom 3. 2K and Visual Concepts has held the WWE game back long enough. So hopefully, this will see the changes I know Yukes is capable of. They been in this wrestling genre for far too long for me to believe it was their fault the WWE titles have been hot garbage lately. Hopefully we get an amazing game out of them! Let's go!
    Brandwin
    Any idea if we are supposed to get news about this game at e3?
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    I highly doubt it. If anything I would assume news next year, and release date 2021. It would be crazy if they have a team, what they want to do, and are in development already.
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    “I think having no competitor isn’t healthy at all,” Furuta said. “When we had competitors in the wrestling space, we were determined not to lose and that was a great motivator for creating something great.
    But right now, looking at the market demands, players are expecting something new every time we release a game and we feel like we haven’t achieved what we’ve really wanted to do. For example, in many cases we’re still using old assets and we’re not able to do some things in the way that we want to.”
    That's that mindset I like. For Yukes to said they will make their one non-WWE game because they aren't satisfied with WWE 2k.
    That's the problem with exclusivity. Yukes knows without competition, 2k has gotten very complacent. A sports game without competition has no outside pressure to make a better game. Realisitically, Yukes has to know that an unlicensed sports game won't sell well. But I feel that they are doing it to push 2k.
    I know unlicensed sports games don't sell well, but I would like to bigger companies like this to be willing to eat the cost. Unlike Indies studios, bigger companies have the money and resources to put out a good product within 2-3 years.
    xlatinoheatx
    AEW Please.
    Not to be a party pooper...but I highly doubt that would happen as they still work with WWE.
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    I'm always in the minority when its comes to people wanting to go back to the ways of the old systems. I love the direction 2K is trying to go. Yukes has always done the WWE games even during THQ days and people trashed the games back then.. why all of a sudden they are seen as saviors? They still make the game as they did years ago but now 2K does the marketing because THQ went bankrupt
    ttrobbins84
    I for one am really excited about this. I think wrestling can easily get away with a generic roster. I'm excited to see the direction they take, what modes they include, and how big of a roster they provide. I'll be following this for sure.

    Hopefully it comes on PC so it can be modded. Would be great if they used the same CH files WWE uses.
    Normally I don’t buy unlicensed games. But I will be checking this out.
    I’m bored with Universe mode. Random power rankings, matches that don’t make sense, and cutscenes I still hardly see has gotten old.
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    Yuke's can make amazing wrestling games. I used to play Wrestle Kingdom games to death and I was like, how come they don't make WWE games the same way? Give me something in that vain and we're all good. We need competition in all sports games.
    I remember we used to get 3 or 4 sports games of one sport back in the day and now it's only one barely. It's good to have alternatives.

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