WWE 2K20 Creative Director explains graphical issues.
WWE 2K20 is available for fans to play, and those who have played it aren't exactly thrilled with the final product.
Along with a lack of gameplay improvements and a host of comical glitches, fans have pointed out that many WWE Superstars, especially legends in the game, don't exactly look lifelike.
Speaking to ComicBook, Visual Concepts Creative Director Lynell Jinks discussed the challenges of getting the graphics right for WWE 2K20.
"When we got the license from THQ, we also got their archive and their assets," Jinks said. "Luckily they were scanning through Gentle Giant from the early 2000s. Someone like Chyna, they had a scan from 2001 or 2002 or something like that, some early 2000s and we used that. It's not a great scan, it's not photogrammetry like we do with our current superstars, but it gave us a nice base, right? Then we had some really talented artists that will go in and fine-tune it and sculpt it and try to make it look as good as the photogrammetry that we never used. It's always a challenge, and so you're trying to compare something that comes from real-life images and scan data to something that an artist kind of creates, but I believe with time and now that we feel like all right, we kind of have a process down, we can get there. Again, we have some really talented artists that allow us to do that."
Jinks continued, "To me that that's the stuff where it's like, if we dig through our archives, you can find something and start as a base and it's easier than just trying to come up with than scratch. I don't care how talented someone is, it's harder, right? When you don't have a base, but if you have that base, it gives you a fighting chance. Because it's not like you're comparing apples to apples at that point. That's where I feel like there's certain wrestlers or superstars in our game that might not hold up to some of the other guys because we didn't have that. Unfortunately this year we didn't get to touch those. So we're like, all right, next year if they do happen to be in the game, let's get them at that quality bar that everyone else is at. Because you know, anyone that you've seen that doesn't live up to that expectation hurts us a little bit. We know that."
Visual Concepts and Yuke's split months before the release of WWE 2K20, alerting many to believe the game could be in trouble this year. Sony has reportedly issued refunds to fans who purchased the game via the PS4 store and have asked for their money back. The hashtag #FixWWE2K20 trended for hours following the game's release on Tuesday.
Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp did a two-hour live review of the game, which you can check out by clicking here.