For more than 5 years, the control and responsibility of developing the WWE 2K franchise have been under Japanese game developer Yuke’s. But now it seems the control of the upcoming WWE 2K20 has been given to Visual Concepts which will develop all WWE 2K games in the future. So now the question is, is that really a good thing?
In a statement made with Video Games Chronicle, 2K Sports talked about the current state and the future of the WWE 2K franchise. According to 2K Sports:
“As we’ve continued to invest in the WWE 2K franchise, we’ve seen the Visual Concepts team display incredible passion, talent and commitment to the future of the series. We thank Yuke’s for their years of partnership and are excited to see what the Visual Concepts team brings to the franchise moving forward.”
Of course, Yuke’s has been developing wrestling games for the WWE for almost 20 years at this point. In addition to this, the Osaka based game developer has also been responsible for designing a number of other sports games such as the UFC Undisputed games. WWE 2K20 will now be the first game in the series to not be developed by Yuke’s.
Visual Concepts, however, have assisted Yukes on a number of games which include several WWE titles. So Visual Concepts are clearly capable as they have the experience of working on a WWE 2K title.
WWE 2K20 is being touted as a re-invigoration of the WWE 2K franchise after the past few consecutive games declined in quality. So, 2K Sports is clearly trying to take the franchise in a different direction in terms of gameplay and the overall look of the game.
It seems they are really trying to focus on realism at this point, this is something we have seen in the recent WWE 2K20 screenshots 2K Sports released a few days back.
As far as Yuke’s is concerned, they are still determined to provide support to the Visual Concepts development team. This is something they talked about while discussing their plans for the future with VGC (separate statement).
“[We will] continue providing support to 2K with regard to the game engine.”
Earlier this year, we learned that Yuke’s is also working on its own wrestling game that will act as a direct competitor to the WWE 2K franchise. But now that the control of WWE 2K20 has been given to Visual Concepts, Yuke’s will have the creative freedom it needs to truly define its own game.