Yuke's top officials want to prevent stagnation.
YUKE's, which has been behind the creation of many of WWE's video games throughout the years are planning on developing a new wrestling game I.P. to prevent stagnation and according to 'Video Game Chronicle', that begins with YUKE's development team creating a new I.P. that can compete with their current wrestling series being WWE 2K.
Senior Vice President and Producer of YUKE's, Hiromi Furuta told 'Video Game Chronicle' that the company has become frustrated with what they've done with WWE 2K and she also believes that the lack of competition regarding there being no alternative wrestling game is another reason for that aforementioned stagnation.
“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. But right now, looking at the market demands, players are expecting something new every time we release a game and we feel like we haven’t achieved what we’ve really wanted to do. For example, in many cases we’re still using old assets and we’re not able to do some things in the way that we want to.”
Furuta clarified that YUKE's is looking to find a way to do things their way without harming their relationship with WWE 2K but the current plan is to launch a new wrestling game.
"We are trying to launch a new wrestling game,” she said. “Of course, we will retain the WWE team, but we are also aware that our creators are beginning to lose sight of their passion and confidence and becoming focused only on completing assigned tasks. That’s not the direction Yuke’s wants to go in. So, in order to compensate, we’re going to start a new wrestling project.”