In less than two weeks, WWE 2K19 is set to make its grand entrance on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. 2K have promised to reveal a whole load of information before then about what to expect from the game, with their latest blog post covering new match types and gameplay improvements.
Starting with the technical side of the action and the framerate has been improved to ensure it can cope better when six or more characters are on-screen at the same time, keeping it smooth even when the ring is crowded. You can expect to see over 250 new attack and reaction animations, with appropriate responses to manoeuvres that take into account tiredness and size differences. The new scoring system and transparency surrounding it will allow more creativity when earning a coveted five-star match too. During bouts against the A.I. opposition you will notice that they make the most of their arsenal of moves now, performing them with additional variety and just generally being opportunistic.
In terms of new match types, the most important inclusion is that of the Women’s Royal Rumble, but there are also new 5-Man, 6-Man and 8-Man matches. These multiple person matches can be normal or they can be spiced up a bit, with Hell in a Cell a possibility – the Hell in a Cell structure more accurately captures the tension of battling within. Check the full breakdown of match types below:
5-Man – Normal, Extreme Rules, Ladder, Table, TLC, Hell in a Cell, Battle Royal
6-Man – Normal, Triple Threat Tornado Tag, Ladder Tag, Ladder Triple Tag, Hell in a Cell Tag, Hell in a Cell Triple Tag, TLC Tag, TLC Triple Tag
8-Man – Normal, 4-Way Tornado Tag, Ladder Tag, Ladder 4-Way Tag
Other minor changes come in the steel cage matches, with new interactions, options, mini-games and the ability to leave through the cage door. For those who play Universe and Exhibition modes, additional options are present for the Money in the Bank briefcase cash-in sequence. As well as that Big Head mode can be toggled on for any WWE Superstar or created character before any Exhibition match. That’s sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face as it looks to bring the fun factor to proceedings.
Then there’s the Payback System, which is a defensive mechanic that can turn the momentum of a match and get you back on track in no time. Take enough damage and you’ll unlock a Level 1 ability to help you get out of a sticky situation, but if you hold out longer, you’ll earn a more powerful Level 2 ability. You can choose from various abilities before entering a match and these include the ability to play possum, earn a finisher, or even make the lights go out!
And finally, the commentary is bolstered by over 15,000 new lines from Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton. All of the entrance commentary is brand new, with more specific and natural references to the WWE Superstars as they make their way down the ramp. Once the action gets underway, thousands of new move calls aim to add to the excitement of the matches.
That’s all for now, but be sure to head over to the official blog for an even more detailed explanation of the changes. WWE 2K19 is set to arrive on 9th October 2018 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.