Hideous but cool: 2K unveils arcade-like WWE 2K Battlegrounds

WWE 2K Battlegrounds

Wrestling games have had a rough time on Nintendo Switch. The last title in the 2K series to appear on the console was WWE 2K18. Outside of wrestler cameos in the fun 2D brawler Brawlhalla, that’s been the extent of WWE’s representation on Nintendo’s hybrid system. However, 2K has revealed a new arcade-like wrestling game that’d be a perfect fit for Switch. It’s called WWE 2K Battlegrounds, it’s due Fall 2020, and it looks absolutely bananas.

WWE 2K Battlegrounds possibly features murder

Take a look at WWE 2K Battlegrounds‘ reveal trailer below, where John Cena experiences death by reptile via The Rock:

Not a fan of the super-deformed art style, but the gameplay looks quite entertaining. We may have another WWE All Stars on our hands.

We’re sorry about our last game

Accompanying the gameplay footage was a press release from 2K, which spent a good chunk of time apologizing for the abysmal WWE 2K20:

…We want to address WWE 2K20. We’ve heard and appreciate your feedback, and continue to listen to you closely. Since launch, we’ve released five title updates, addressing hundreds of reported concerns, and have released four WWE 2K20 Originals DLC expansions to build on and improve the experience. We’ve also heard your requests to keep the WWE 2K19 servers running; they will remain active for the time being.

All of that being said, we hear you and we know you want more from the franchise, so here’s what we’re going to do: we are applying what we’ve learned to the next WWE 2K simulation game with a renewed focus on quality and fun. As part of that commitment, we are extending the production timeline and will not be releasing a WWE 2K simulation game in 2020 (T2 fiscal year 2021). We want to ensure the development team at Visual Concepts can create a great game that will entertain grizzled WWE 2K veterans, as well as newcomers who want to climb through the ropes and step into the ring for the very first time.

No platforms have been revealed yet. Hopefully, both WWE 2K Battlegrounds and the next mainline title will appear on Switch and not be terrible.

Enthusiasts, will you be picking up WWE 2K Battlegrounds this fall if it lands on Switch? Let us know what you think of the teaser snippet in the comment section.


Arthur Damian
Arthur Damian is a writer, editor, educator, and lover of video games. Based and living in Brooklyn, NY, he has been gaming since the age of five, from the NES to the Nintendo Switch. His favorite system is the SNES, his favorite game is Chrono Trigger, and you cannot convince him otherwise. He loves dogs, rainbow cookies, Spider-Man, and songs with intricate drum patterns. Arthur is also the Editor-in-Chief at That VideoGame Blog.