WWE 2K Battlegrounds get September release date at Gamescom Opening Night Live

2K's uncanny valley of past and present WWE superstars are about to clash as WWE 2K Battlegrounds gets a September release date.


WWE 2K Battlegrounds is about to bring an altogether arcadey take on a modern professional wrestling game. With a more cartoonish style, over-the-top moves, and WWE stars both past and present coming together across various rings, we now have a release date as well. WWE 2K Battlegrounds is set to launch in September 2020.

WWE 2K Battlegrounds got a new reveal during Geoff Keighley’s Opening Night Live on August 27, 2020. Coming on September 18, 2020 to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and PC, 2K Battleground is a massive departure from the more usual WWE games that takes on a far more cartoonish and intense style of WWE gameplay. It might look a little bizarre, but much like 2011's WWE All Stars, the over-the-top nature is kind of the point here. After all, the trailer shows off things like Undertaker giving the Last Ride to Finn Balor on a cracked bed of burning concrete, and at another point we see a superstar throw an uppercut that would make Street Fighter characters blush. See for yourself in the new trailer below.

Take it or leave it, WWE 2K Battlegrounds seems to be pretty much all we’re getting for WWE wrestling games in 2020. Back in April, 2K and WWE seemingly confirmed they wouldn’t be launching a wrestling game in 2020. Likely, this meant the more sim-like experience of the WWE 2K series was off the table. Even so, the WWE 2K Battlegrounds has set itself far apart from the more realistic-toned games ever since its reveal, also back in April this year. Traditional WWE 2K games had been on the slide anyways with WWE 2K20 garnering one of the worst reviews among the franchise yet with its numerous ridiculous bugs and poor design.

WWE 2K Battlegrounds may look weird, but at least it doesn't appear to be taking itself that seriously. That may be its saving grace, but it will remain to be seen on September 18 if it can even deliver a more light-hearted tone efficiently. Miss anything in the Opening Night Live showcase? Be sure to check out the rest of the announcements and reveals from Gamescom Opening Night Live.

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