Yuke’s, the ongoing developer of the WWE 2K games series under 2K Games, will be working on an additional rival wrestling game. The reason for the move is in order to motivate the staff to build a better game overall and promote competition in the genre.
The news was revealed when Video Games Chronicle interviewed Hiromi Furuta, who serves as Yuke’s producer and senior vice president. Yuke’s will staff a new team at creating its own wrestling game that way it “will be the internal competition for WWE.”
Furuta would note that Yuke’s is “aware that our creators are beginning to lose sight of their passion and confidence” regarding the development of creating something fresh and innovative. It should be noted that the current WWE team will stay put when creating the WWE 2K games.
“I think having no competitor isn’t healthy at all,” Furuta told VGC. “When we had competitors in the wrestling space, we were determined not to lose and that was a great motivator for creating something great.
The new game is still in early development so Furuta states that a target audience isn’t quite in place yet. At this time, Yuke’s is unsure about going a “very realistic” route or something more fantastical.
“We’re not chasing money or trends. We’ll go in whatever direction we feel is most interesting, combined with the passion of whoever leads the project. As long as whoever leads the project has enough passion, then I’m sure we will achieve our goals.”