It’s not time for the weekly roster reveal yet, but WWE 2K Executive Producer Mark Little did blog on the game company’s website this morning (Aug. 12) and provided a lot of insight into what fans can expect from this year’s version of the series, 2K17, when it drops in October.
Though he doesn’t provide a specific number, Little confirms that this year’s roster will be larger than last year’s, which was at that point the largest in the history of the game.
In touting the franchise’s shift from “arcade-centric, fighting game style to simulation-based gameplay”, he says that in 2K17, among other improvements, players will be able to take competition from the ring into the crowd and backstage areas.
The wrestler Creation Suite adds more options (like “body hair”) and recording functionality so players can capture footage from matches for use in creating entrances. 2K has updated the “Create a Show” feature and added “Create a Victory” to give users more world-building functionality.
There will not be a Showcase mode. Little says they explored several options, including focusing on cover boy Brock Lesnar, but were limited by rights issues around past wrestlers that would be needed. Instead, the team focused on improving other modes, like WWE Universe and MyCareer.
For Universe mode, there’s a new Show Presentation system which will allow you to feel like you’re playing through an episode of Raw or SmackDown, and new scenarios like run-ins, and pre & post-match attacks. The big addition Little hypes here is the Promo Engine:
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.
The Universe mode features and enhancements will also play heavily into MyCareer, with Little teasing the Promo Engine and expanded gameplay areas as impacting backstage interviews with Renee Young and interactions with Lesnar & Paul Heyman.
Does any or all of this sound good to you, Cagesiders?