WWE 2K veteran developer Yuke’s is working on a brand new wrestling game in hopes to reinvigorate its staff.
In an interview with Video Games Chronicle, Yuke’s senior vice president Hiromi Furuta spoke extensively about why WWE 2K has declined in quality, despite WWE 2K19 having additional 200 strike animations.
“I think having no competitor isn’t healthy at all,” Furuta told VGC. “When we had competitors in the wrestling space, we were determined not to lose and that was a great motivator for creating something great.”
Furuta spoke more about what players want and what Yuke’s strategy has been these past years:
“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.”
Futura said the Yuke’s will “find a way to do things in the way that we want, in terms of our existing relationship with our publisher”. Yuke’s believes that the best way to push its development team into bringing something new to the table is to create its own rival wrestling IP.
“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.”
Almost a year ago, 2K Games explained that they have been wanting to expand and grow their portfolio by internally developing more products and adding more long-term partnerships to their 2K product line.
Earlier this month, a leak suggested Yuke’s and Visual Concepts will be announcing this year’s iteration of WWE 2K on June 24, which is next week. This is something WWE fans can look forward to.
Let’s see whether or not Yuke’s strategy works, we might just see the next best thing in wrestling entertainment.