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    Thursday, July 9, 2020

    Play Henry: WWE 2K Battlegrounds is the WWE All Stars Successor We've All Been Waiting For

    After years of fans asking for a more arcade-style wrestling game with fast action, 2K Games and Saber Interactive—the latter of NBA 2K Playgrounds fame—have announced WWE 2K Battlegrounds for the PS4, Xbox One, Steam, and Nintendo Switch. The game will be coming out on September 18, 2020 and has an all-star roster comprised of 70 WWE Superstars and Legends, with more coming out as DLC, including WWE Hall of Famer Edge, who is this year’s pre-order bonus.

    The game has several modes for players to go through, including a single-player story mode, and various ways to play multiplayer for both online and couch co-op. Here are all of the confirmed game modes:

    • Exhibition: Your standard exhibition match that has been in every WWE/sports game out there. Duke it out with the AI or one to three of your friends with any Superstar or Legend of your choosing.
    • Campaign: The single-player story of 2K Battlegrounds has players control one of seven new characters created specifically for this game as they try to get a WWE contract. This story will take players around the world under the mentorship of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Paul Heyman.
    • King of the Battleground: This is an online mode where four players fight each other in the ring with elimination rules, while four more wait outside for their turn. Whoever is the last man standing is therefore declared the King (Oh God, King Corbin is in this game isn't he?). 
    • Online: Compete against your friends around the world in online tournaments and exhibition matches with any Superstar or Legend of your choosing.
    It’s not just the wrestling moves that are over-the-top as players can use their favorite WWE Superstars and Legends to brawl across eight unique Battlegrounds. You can smash opponents with various melee weapons, throw them towards crocodiles, jump from a military helicopter, and so much more, all with commentary from Jerry “The King” Lawler and the "Voice of NXT" Mauro Ranallo.

    Players will also be able to create their own Syperstars, just like in the 2K series before this. There will be a variety of body types, clothes, hair, and fighting styles to choose from, all of which should make for some exciting creations.

    Considering how WWE 2K20 disappointed a ton of fans, it is nice to see the folks at 2K listen to fans for a change and give us something more fun and arcade-like. The chibi character designs and over-the-top action isn’t for everyone; but as someone who misses silly wrestling games like WWE All Stars, I’m pretty happy with the direction they are going in.

    The roster revealed for this game is pretty great thus far. Current superstars like Becky Lynch, Kofi Kingston, Roman Reigns, and The Fiend were expected, as were Legends like Steve Austin and The Rock. However, seeing Yokozuna was a nice surprise because he hasn't been seen in a WWE game since WWE 2K14 so that really took me by surprise! 

    For now, here's every Superstar and Legend revealed from the trailer and promotional images:
    • Andre the Giant
    • Asuka
    • Becky Lynch
    • The Big Show
    • Braun Strowman
    • Charlotte Flair
    • Daniel Bryan
    • Drew McIntyre
    • Edge (pre-order bonus)
    • The Fiend
    • John Cena
    • Kalisto
    • Kofi Kingston
    • Mankind
    • Nikki Bella
    • The Rock
    • Roman Reigns
    • Ronda Rousey
    • Samoa Joe
    • Sasha Banks
    • Shawn Michaels
    • Sgt. Slaughter
    • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
    • The Undertaker
    • Yokozuna
    These are only 25 of the announced 70 names and more Superstars will be added via free updates, which is a shocker if you've been buying WWE games for the past few years. The fact that this game gives you new superstars for free while 2K20 made you pay for weird cosplay versions of characters in its roster fills me with so much hope and joy.

    Fans can now pre-order WWE 2K Battlegrounds. The Standard Edition (US$39.99) will have Edge as a bonus superstar, while the Digital Deluxe Edition (US$49.99) has Edge, all versions of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and “Rowdy” Ronda Rowsey unlocked at the beginning, plus 1100 bonus Golden Bucks, which is in-game currency that can be used to unlock Superstars, as well as cosmetic items. All cosmetic items can only be unlocked through gameplay and there will be no microtransactions, which is always a good thing.

    What are your thoughts on WWE 2K Battlegrounds? Do you miss games like WWE All Stars? Or do you prefer the Sports Entertainment simulation-style of the WWE 2K games? Let us know in the comments below.

    All images from WWE, 2K Games, and Saber Interactive.

    Nico Parungo is a writer for Epicstream.com and has contributed several reviews for PWR and MWF. When he isn't frustrated about the WWE, he's playing video games at home and is bugging his friends with glorious puns. He's new to the world of Twitter drama but is quickly getting hooked.
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