This year’s WWE game won’t be the traditional 2K experience, as 2K21 was scrapped in favor of the arcade-style Battlegrounds, which is currently scheduled to be released for current-gen consoles on September 18.
Since being revealed, the developers have been slowly revealing the game’s roster, which will consist of current stars and legends. In total, WWE 2K Battlegrounds will feature over 70 wrestlers, and earlier this week, more of the game’s roster was revealed as Mandy Rose, Ember Moon, Nikki Cross, R-Truth, Shinsuke Nakamura, Nia Jax, Jeff Hardy, and The Miz will be playable characters in 2K BG.
Below is a full list of the confirmed wrestlers who will be in this year’s WWE game.
- Andre The GiantAsukaBayleyBecky LynchBig ShowBobby LashleyBraun StrowmanBray Wyatt/The FiendCharlotte FlairDaniel BryanDrew McIntyreEdge (Pre-Order Bonus)Ember MoonJeff HardyJohn CenaKalistoKofi KingstonMandy RoseMankindNaomiNia JaxNikki BellaNikki CrossRandy OrtonRey MysterioRicochetRoman ReignsRonda RouseyR-TruthSamoa JoeSasha BanksSgt. SlaughterShawn MichaelsShinsuke Nakamura“Stone Cold” Steve AustinThe MizThe RockTriple HUndertakerYokozuna
In addition to standard online matches, the game will feature two prominent game modes: Campaign and King of the Battleground.
In the game’s campaign, players will take control of one of seven pre-made WWE hopefuls, and compete to earn a contract with WWE. Along the way, you’ll unlock new arenas, and receive guidance from Paul Heyman and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Also, the campaign will have multiple branching options, which should give it a ton of replay value.
“I can’t even remember exactly how many matches and nodes there are – it’s kind of a branching thing,” said WWE 2K Battlegrounds’ executive producer Sean O’Connor regarding the game’s campaign. “There’s some things you can do off on the side and earn different rewards, or you can just do the golden path straight through the middle to finish it sooner if you want.”
The game’s King of the Battleground mode is essentially a survival mode that doesn’t end until the player is defeated. In it, matches will start with four wrestlers in the ring, while four others wait outside, and the purpose of the mode is to last as long as you can without being defeated.