It doesn’t happen very often that a developer will fly out to India with a pre-release copy of a game and let gamers have a go at it. Turns out, 2K thought it would be a great idea to do just that, as they spent a few days in Mumbai showcasing the upcoming WWE 2K17 to a number of journalists and gamers.
We sat down with Roha Ishwarlal, the senior Product Manager for the WWE and NBA games at 2K. We start off the session with a disclaimer that what we were going to see was a pre-release version of the game.
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Welcome to Suplex City
Brock Lesner is the face of WWE 2K17 and as such, the game builds on his special move, the Suplex. The game’s promo art takes on a gritty look, presenting you with the visuals of a post-apocalyptic, barren waste-land that is Suplex City. This is where the wrestlers go for their one shot at the Champion, Brock Lesner.
Go Beyond the Ring
2K is really trying to bring the experience of being at a WWE event to the game. They’ve introduced backstage brawls, where you can get into a one-on-one unsanctioned brawl with another wrestler. What was really interesting was that just like it is in real life, the game will allow you to pick up practically anything you can lay your hands on to beat the crap out of your opponent.
Ring fights are not limited to the boundaries of the ropes either, as you can now continue fighting outside the ring too, whether its on the sidelines, or in the stands where there are plenty of fans. You could also choose to continue walking and go back-stage. In our short hands-on, it felt like the new WWE 2K17 game was trying to bring a certain “open-world” like simulation to the whole experience and from our initial impressions, it seems to do that rather well.
More than Just a Brawler
Typically, when one thinks of a WWE game, it’s easy to assume it’s a fight between two men in a ring. However, WWE 2K17 brings a large number of fighting formats to the table. There’s the caged matches, the ladder matches (arguably the hardest to win) and even the infamous Royal Rumble (up to 30 opponents).
2K has significantly expanded on the Creation Suite, which allows you to tailor every single aspect of your player and create the fights as per your liking. There’s a ton of customizations available for every aspect of your character, you can design your own arenas complete with lighting and LED setups and even focus on the minute details such as hair or the texture of the wrist band on your fighter.
From what we saw, Creation Suite will easily engross fans for hours as the combination of various customizations make the realm of possibilities endless.
A Game for Everyone (Almost)
2K is one of the few companies that is still releasing most of its gaming portfolio on all generations of consoles. WWE 2K17 will be available on Xbox One and PS4 for Rs 3,499 and on the Xbox 360 and the PS3 for Rs 2,499.
Rohan was clear that they wanted to make sure all the fans of the franchise got to enjoy the massive additions they had brogth to the franchise and thus, they have continued to keep the old-gen console users in mind. He did mention that due to hardware limitations, the version of the game for the next-gen consoles will be visually better than its previous generation counterpart.
Additionally, he also stated that the game’s soundtrack was produced by Sean Combs, A.K.A P. Diddy and features music from many popular genres such as Electronic, Rock, Raggae and not just Rap and R&B. The soundtrack for the game will be available for download via iTunes once the game is released.