After receiving poor criticisms from critics and fans alike from WWE 2K17, game enthusiasts across the globe are looking forward to the release of WWE 2K18. As per industry rumors, the WWE 2K18 release date has been set at October 17. Speculations of the game witnessing a ‘substantial change’ to the series with the release of the latest edition are also doing rounds over the internet.
WWE 2K18 will release on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Microsoft Windows. One of the historic turning points in the game series is that it will release on PlaysStation 3 for the very first time in the history of the game series. Although, one thing to be noted is that since the game would now demand an 8GB for effortless execution, therefore minor changes might be seen in the PC edition.
This version of the game will also feature the basic elements of professional wrestling set against a virtual setting. WWE 2K18 is the eighteenth game in the series. One key point that fans are longing for is that they want the games to feature as many match types as possible and more and more matches should be added instead of getting stripped away.
Professional wrestling video game franchise WWE 2K was developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports in 2000, the first release being called WWF SmackDown. Over the years, it has been run on platforms like PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, iOS, Android, Mobile and PlayStation Portable.
The series has been listed among the best-selling video game franchises in the world with more than 60 million copies shipped.
The most recent edition, WWE 2K17, was released on October 24, 2016. The various versions of the game in chronological order are WWF SmackDown (1st edition), WWF SmackDown 2: Know Your Role (2nd edition), WWF SmackDown: Just Bring It (3rd edition), WWE SmackDown: Shut Your Mouth (4th edition), WWE SmackDown: Here Comes The Pain (5th edition), WWE SmackDown VS Raw (6th edition), WWE SmackDown VS Raw 2006 (7th edition), WWE SmackDown VS Raw 2007 (8th edition), WWE SmackDown VS Raw 2008 (9th edition), WWE SmackDown VS Raw 2009 (9th edition), WWE SmackDown VS Raw 2010 (10th edition), WWE SmackDown VS Raw 2011 (11th edition), WWE ’12 (12th edition), WWE ’13 (13th edition), WWE 2K14 (14th edition), WWE 2K15 (15th edition), WWE 2K16 (16th edition), WWE 2K17 (17th edition) and WWE 2K18 (18th edition).
The series is based on WWE and features match types, narration and characters based on WWE programming. It was initially called WWF and then subsequently changed to WWE.
Usually the release date of each version is announced a month before its release. The distributor of each country is also notified about the development and the same is expected from this year’s release.
Annual update feel to WWE games makes a complete overhaul difficult indeed, but it is something that 2K should be thinking about.
Throughout its history, the game series has gone through a number of changes since its first release. The initial versions of the game included simpler mechanics while the recent versions have adopted changes, which have brought it much closer to its real life counterpart.
Although it is still unknown what all changes the developers are planning to introduce in the game, but as they have had almost a year to think about it since the last version’s release, the expectations of fans are soaring high.