In an interview with Inside the Ropes, Smackdown vs. RAW author Justin Leeper spoke about what went incorrect with WWE 2K20, which was universally panned upon its launch. Here are highlights:
On the time crunch: “Well, it was a really tough state of affairs as a result of whoever you imagine on the timeline, Yuke’s was not on the venture for 2K20 and so they have been at all times on the venture for 20 years. They constructed the automobile that was pulling the sport to shops yearly and while you don’t have the driving force and the mechanic there and also you try to put another person within the driving seat, it’s at all times going to be tough and particularly with such a time crunch.”
On how vital Yuke’s was: “Yuke’s had flaws however what they did was they at all times labored tremendous arduous. I might go and go to them in January, in Yokohama, and there was individuals sleeping below their desks then. It’s heartbreaking to see how arduous they needed to work but additionally, they needed to work that tough to get that type of manufacturing to make these sorts of video games. Say what you’ll in regards to the breadth of the sequence, what’s good, what’s dangerous and what feels cookie cutter or no matter – making a recreation in 11 months could be very arduous. Yuke’s bore the brunt of that strain and so they did it properly and have been at all times sort and at all times humble and at all times good to work with.”
On Visual Concepts not being outfitted to take over: “When you eliminate these individuals it’s important to fill them it’s important to change them with any individual. Visual Concepts was simply not outfitted to do the kinda manufacturing and make the kinda sacrifices I feel that Yuke’s did to get these video games out. It’s such a troublesome factor for them to try this bought taken as a right and I feel after we noticed that they weren’t there… and it’s their engine! They constructed it, whether or not there are rusty bolts and duct tape holding issues collectively, they put it collectively and so they knew it higher than everybody. So for an organization in California to take a seat there and attempt to take the helm, that’s a shedding prospect however they needed to put one thing out. I don’t excuse the sport for popping out within the state of affairs however I do know what goes into making video games, and people video games specifically, and simply how precious Yuke’s was.”