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‘WWE 2K19’ Release Date And The 15 Things You Should Know About This Year’s Game

‘WWE 2K19’ Release Date And The 15 Things You Should Know About This Year’s Game
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Like a lot of the sports video game franchises, WWE 2K will release the next version in the series a little earlier this year.

Showcase ModeCredit: WWE 2K19

Traditionally, the WWE 2K games have hit stores in late October, but WWE 2K19 officially releases on October 9. However, there will also be an early access period. This year’s game, which features WWE Champion A.J. Styles on the cover, appears to be teeming with new features and functionality, but there are also a few ommissions fans should be aware of as well.

For starters, this year’s game will not be released for the Nintendo Switch, but it will still be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the PC. Usually, I talk about the 10 things you should know about a new game. this time, we’ll bump it up by five and break down the 15 things you should know about WWE 2K19 before you buy it.

Pre-Order Deals and Special Edition Pricing

You can still pre-order every version of WWE 2K19. There is obviously the standard edition which normally retails for $59.99, although you may be able to find it for a few bucks cheaper. The Digital Deluxe Edition has a suggested retail price of $89.99. The list of content included in this version is long:

  • Access to WWE 2K19 Season Pass digital content;
  • Exclusive playable WWE Hall of Famers (’80s-inspired): “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat;
  • Exclusive playable characters: “Macho Man” Randy Savage (WrestleMania VIII) and Undertaker (2002);
  • Exclusive playable arena: Starrcade 1983;
  • Exclusive in-game attire: Ric Flair (WrestleMania 24 robe) and Charlotte Flair (WrestleMania 32 robe);
  • Access to WWE 2K19 pre-order bonus digital content (playable Rey Mysterio “Royal Rumble 2018” character and playable Ronda Rousey “WrestleMania 34/‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper-inspired” character);
  • WWE SuperCard limited edition cards featuring WWE 2K19 cover Superstar AJ Styles, as well as an AJ-themed WWE 2K19 cardback.

Lastly, there is the Wooo! Edition. Inspired by Ric Flair, this version costs $129.99. It includes all of the content that comes with the Digital Deluxe, plus:

  • Exclusive premium packaging;
  • Exclusive and individually numbered WWE Hall of Fame replica ring;
  • Exclusive “Nature Boy”-inspired Funko Pop figurine;
  • Fanatics limited edition commemorative plaque featuring a fabric piece from Ric’s iconic pink or purple robe;
  • WWE SuperCard limited edition cards featuring Ric and Charlotte Flair, as well as a Ric-themed WWE 2K19 cardback.

Here is a visual on the contents of the Wooo! Edition:

WWE 2K19 Woooo! EditionCredit: WWE 2K

As usual, there is a Season Pass which gives fans access to the Accelerator (unlocks all on-disc characters, belts, and arenas) and all DLC released after launch. The Season Pass is included in the cost of both the Digital Deluxe and the Wooo! Edition. It will be sold separately for $29.99 to fans who purchase the standard edition and elect to get the Season Pass later.

The following infographic illustrates what’s included in each of the versions.

Ric Flair WoooooCredit: 2K

DLC

Accelerator

  • Players gain immediate access to all unlockable content available when WWE 2K19 launches in early October (excluding DLC).
  • Players also gain the ability to control the rankings and attributes for all Superstars who are part of the WWE 2K19 roster of playable characters.
  • The Accelerator will be available for $4.99.

MyPlayer KickStart

  • Players can immediately unlock and boost their MyPlayer ratings and attributes when WWE 2K19 launches in early October.
  • They also gain access to all clothing available at launch, which provides attribute boosts in MyCareer.
  • MyPlayer Kickstarter will be available for $9.99.

New Moves Pack

  • Players gain the ability to use over 50 in-game moves, including:
    • Jeff Hardy’s Atomic Drop into Double Leg Combo
    • Tyler Bate’s Exploder vs. Opponent on the Apron
    • Mustafa Ali’s Slingshot X-Factor
    • Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt’s Assisted Twist of Fate, Avalanche Splash & Side Effect Combo and the Senton & Leg Drop Combo
  • The New Moves Pack will be available for $3.99.

Rising Stars Pack

  • Players gain access to new playable characters from WWE, NXT and WWE 205 Live, including:
    • Candice LeRae
    • Dakota Kai
    • Lacey Evans
    • Lio Rush
    • Maria Kanellis
    • Mike Kanellis
    • Ricochet
  • The Rising Stars Pack will be available for $9.99.

Titans Pack

  • Players will gain access to new playable characters from WWE and NXT, including:
    • Bobby Lashley
    • EC3
    • War Raiders (Rowe & Hanson)
  • The Titans Pack will be available for $9.99.

2K Showcase Returns

Daniel Bryan is the subject of the Showcase mode which returns to the WWE 2K lineup. This year the journey focuses on Bryan’s ups and downs since first appearing in the WWE, and it is all narrated by Bryan himself.

New MyCareer Story

One of the most noteworthy additions to this year’s game is MyCareer story. It is far more in-depth and all of the cutscenes have been voiced by real WWE Superstars and actors.

I had an opportunity to play through the first hour of the mode, and I can tell you already that it is the best version of MyCareer we’ve seen from the WWE 2K franchise.

No Female Created Players in MyCareer

On the downside of the MyCareer scene, there still isn’t an option to create a female. This was a little surprising to me, as I thought this would surely be the year the series expanded into that area. That will likely be the focal point of critics as this year’s game is being evaluated.

New Match Types

On the positive side, you can now have an all-female Royal Rumble. That’s just one of the new match types added. Here are the others.

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

Royal Rumble

  • Women’s Royal Rumble

The Creation Suite Got Even Better

The WWE 2K creation suite has always been one of the game’s best features. This year, it has added even more layers. You can now customize championship sideplates on title belts as well as the Money in the Bank briefcase. There are new environmental filters for Create-An-Arena. You can create Superstars with block bodies and when you’re constructing a character, you can now mirror an accessory from one side of the body to the other.

Last, but not least, 2K introduced the Create-A-Superstar Randomizer. You can randomly generate the most cohesively designed characters because the system establishes and obeys a color scheme, which is also generated at random. You can also randomize single aspects of the creation like hats, gloves or footwear.

During my preview of the game, I spent almost 20 minutes flipping through this option. It was a blast.

Universe Mode Changes

WWE 2K19 Universe ModeCredit: 2K

I didn’t get an opportunity to test out the Universe Mode, but the following changes and additions are listed below, per 2K.

  • The championship system has been expanded to allow six championships per show – compared to the previous limit of four.

  • New customization options make it possible to assign multiple women’s titles or tag titles to a show.

  • Money in the Bank briefcases, now fully customizable, will take a championship slot.

  • New Championship Divisions can determine which titles specific groups of Superstars will pursue. Championships can also now be vacated.

  • The new Superstar Save Profiles system lets players save changes to Superstar settings across MyWWE and multiple Universe saves at the same time. This includes Attributes, Skills, Abilities, Payback, Entrances, and Move Sets.

  • Custom Match Tables let users customize the types of matches used on each show and Pay-Per-View. Using sliders, you can determine the frequency for various match types in storylines and rivalries.

  • Managers are now available to assign to Superstars. In fact, you can assign up to three of them for any given Superstar. Managers will appear alongside the Superstars in One on One and normal Tag Team matches.

  • Promos now incorporate recent events. A former champion will talk about losing the title and ask for a rematch. Rivals will talk about wins and losses, interferences or blindside attacks that happened last week. Many new promo animations have been added. While every Superstar comes with a pre-set “Promo Attitude,” you can customize any of them so that they behave the way you want.

  • Last but not least, you can go through matchups in your Universe and decide the winners and losers of the matches without having to play the match yourself or rely on a random result.

No Create-A-Story Mode

While there are some useful additions to the Universe mode, we’re still waiting on 2K to find a way to implement a new Story mode. The development team is aware that this feature is desirable, but haven’t found a way to bring it back in a way that is superior to the clunky, non-user-friendly version that appeared in other WWE games from previous generations of consoles.

$1 Million Challenge

One of the more celebrated incentives for this year’s game is the $1 million challenge. In a nutshell, here is how the contest will work:

  • Complete the Million-Dollar Tower
  • Submit a winning promotional video that shows why you will beat AJ Styles in WWE 2K19;
  • Make it to the semifinal round of competition and beat the other three semifinalists in WWE 2K19;
  • As the finalist, compete one-on-one in WWE 2K19 against AJ Styles – and defeat him – to win one million dollars.

You can see a complete breakdown of the rules and legalities here.

Paybacks and New Gameplay Mechanics

There are a few new gameplay elements in WWE 2K19. First and foremost, the framerates have been improved, which is especially noticeable in matches with multiple Superstars, or in Hell in a Cell or Cage matches. In previous versions–especially WWE 2K18–the action would slow down so much, it was hard to enjoy the game.

The Hell in a Cell environment has been shrunk to create more opportunities for damage, and it’s now easier to send opponents through the panels to clear a path to the outside and to the top of the cell. The steel cage has also been altered. You can now win by exiting through the door, and there are new mini-games to advance your progress in all of the potential winning aspects of the match.

Money in the Bank cash-ins has also been redone. In Universe mode, you can now cash in before, after or during a match.

Paybacks are perhaps more impacting changes to the gameplay. The Payback system is new to the series, and it’s designed to deliver the old “adrenaline’s pumping” moments that are often the difference between winning and losing for the top stars.

There are two levels and the different selections can be chosen at the beginning of a match, in a loadout type of an approach:

Level 1

  • Auto-Reverse: Automatically reverse any minor attack.
  • Possum: Playing possum allows an incapacitated Superstar to attack from several positions (leaning against the ropes, supine, or corner) or roll an opponent up in a small package.
  • Fists of Fury: Temporarily increases striking speed and power.
  • Speed Buff: Temporarily increases movement, stamina, and reversal recovery speeds.
  • Reversal: Earn a reversal.
  • Instant Recovery: Instantly recover after being knocked down. Includes minor speed buff.

Level 2

  • Finisher: Earn a finisher.
  • Resiliency: Escape a pin, submission, or elimination minigame with ease.
  • Adrenaline Buff: Allows you to lift more weight and increases the amount of Momentum earned for performing lifting grapples.
  • Tank Buff: Significantly increase your defensive abilities while reducing overall mobility.
  • Low Blow: Perform a low blow from a standing or kneeling position. Risk of disqualification.
  • Poison Mist: Spit poison mist in your opponent’s face. Risk of disqualification.
  • Power of the Punch: Hit your opponent with brass knuckles. Risk of disqualification.
  • Move Thief: Use your opponent’s own move set to finish him or her off.
  • Run-In: Summon an ally to ringside to help turn the tide (1 vs. 1 matches only).
  • Blackout: The lights go out. When they come back on, you appear behind your opponent. (1 vs. 1 matches only).

This adds a bit of strategy to the gameplay, but I’ll need more time with it to decide if it’s a good fit for a sports game.

The Towers

I made reference to this when I talked about the $1 Million challenge, but the Towers concept goes beyond the chance to play and beat Styles for a cash prize. It’s a new mode that hearkens back to old-school fighting games. You take a character and attempt to fight your way to the top of a virtual tower by defeating Superstar after Superstar until you reach the boss.

Each Tower has its own theme and there will be new Towers added weekly with many of them exclusive to your MyPlayer. Some of the Towers will also have specific handicaps and other presentational characteristics. I did experiment with this mode, and my early takeaway was positive.

I found the Towers both fun and challenging. It’s easy to see this feature adding some longevity to this year’s game.

Fighting Styles and Sub-Styles

Fighting styles have been streamlined from eight to five, but each style now has a sub-style.

  • Cruiser: Luchador, Technician Cruiser
  • Striker: Brawler, Strong Style
  • Technician: Shooter, UK Strong Style
  • Powerhouse: Beast, Hero
  • Giant: Monster, Big Man

This was done to allow more hybrid-style Superstars for Road to Glory and MyCareer.

MyPlayer and Road to Glory Progression

WWE 2K19 MyPlayerCredit: 2K

There is now a new skill tree and progression system for WWE 2K19. That progression system has five prestige ranks: Rookie, Superstar, Main Eventer, Titan, and Hall of Famer. Each rank has 50 notches, and once you reach the 50th level, you can move up to the next one.

As you prestige, you’ll unlock another branch on the skill tree. When the MyPlayer XP level reaches 10, you can choose one of two sub-styles (from the list above) to move toward. There is a third tree, which is called an Overcharge. This brings in the more over-the-top and dynamic in-ring abilities of a major Superstar.

Essentially, an Overcharge is a Level 2 Payback and can be upgraded. Here are the three Overcharges:

  • Beast Mode: Increased grapple speed and damage. A golden glow highlights your arms when activated.
  • Charged Fury: A supercharged, devastating punch. You fist radiates with power when fully charged.
  • Electrifying: As you hold this taunt uninterrupted, your Momentum grows at a much faster rate. Electricity flows through your body.

Also, the RTG content acquisition and loot pack system have been reworked. Here is how 2K explains the new system that now includes tokens and packs that are more transparent about the contents:

You’ll also earn tokens and deluxe tokens along the way, which can go toward new loot packs. These are tailored to specific genres in WWE 2K19, as opposed to the wide-ranging loot crates in WWE 2K18. Open packs labeled with Create-a-Superstar parts, Taunts/Entrances/Victories, Moves, Boosts, or combinations so you’ll always get a mix of the type of content you’re looking for. If you receive items you don’t like, scrap them to receive more deluxe tokens to spend on packs down the road. The rarer the item scrapped, the more deluxe tokens it will pay out.

Last year it was discouraging to spend VC on loot packs because too often you got useless things in return. This should allow you to get a higher percentage of what you’re looking for when open packs.

Lastly, the RTG mode will now feature daily challenges that offer daily boosts, VC and Superstar parts, and you’ll also be able to join a faction. You’ll still earn parts for the PPV incentives, and your MyPlayer can earn bonuses by participating in the Towers as well. New challenges have been added to the grind and completing them provides you with specific rewards. Completing them multiple times increases the level of the prize.

Big-Head Mode

This probably isn’t going to be a selling point for most, but it’s pretty funny to watch the ring walks. Take a look:

I’ll have a full review and other post-release content on WWE 2K19. This could wind up being a significant year for the franchise.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianmazique/2018/10/03/wwe-2k19-release-date-and-the-15-things-you-should-know-about-this-years-game/

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