Stephanie McMahon discusses WWE's future and the gaming space.
With the release of WWE 2K22, WWE saw a successful revival console video game franchise after a poorly-received outing in 2019 with WWE 2K22. Now, Stephanie McMahon has gone into detail about just how successful WWE 2K22 was commercially and critically, and she has discussed the future of WWE in the gaming space including an upcoming RPG with more details to be revealed later.
"We were extremely pleased with the relaunch of our premium video game console franchise WWE 2K," Stephanie said during the Q1 2022 financial earnings call. "After taking a little more than a year off to improve the game engine, we worked hand in glove with our partners at Take Two Interactive, listened to our customers and fans, and earned back their trust by delivering a game that exceeded their expectations. WWE 2K22 was a commercial and critical success with the highest Metacritic scores on both Xbox and Playstation platforms in franchise history with over 5.6 million hours viewed on Twitch to date. We continue to strengthen in the performance of our mobile games, with 2K and Scopely, SuperCard, and Champions, and recently signed a new deal in the role-playing game place that will be announced soon."
Additionally, Stephanie McMahon once again touched on the company's future in the metaverse stating that they continue to look at ways to make the most of new technology and new avenues in order to connect with the WWE Universe.
"We also continue to evaluate the metaverse, both walled garden environments that already exist as well as decentralized properties. Look to hear more in the coming months. Gaming is a priority for WWE to reach our next gen audience with over 80% of WWE's audience self-identifying as gamers and nearly 60% of the gaming audience in general being 34 years or younger," Stephanie concluded.
WWE 2K22 continues to be updated and continues to see a release of more downloadable content including new wrestlers, arenas, and more. Learn more here.
Outside of WWE, there is a wrestling RPG coming in 2022 from Mega Cat Studios called WrestleQuest. Learn more here.
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