It’s been a rollercoaster year for fans of digitised grappling, but the WWE 2K20 DLC guide is here to cover one element of the official WWE sim that isn’t broken. Visual Concepts’ approach to additional content for WWE 2K20 is something called WWE Originals, where existing wrestlers are given new gimmicks especially for the videogame. Wondering what it’s all about, and how you can get hold of ‘Grand Champion’ Batista and ‘Georgia Washington’ Charlotte? Then you’ve come to the right place: GR’s WWE 2K20 DLC guide.
WWE 2K20 DLC guide: Who’s in it?
The WWE 2K20 DLC selection is made up of four packs, collectively entitled WWE Originals. The first pack, Bump In The Night, emerged shortly after release. It was followed up in January by second pack Wasteland Wanderers. Third pack Southpaw Wrestling dropped in February, leaving final pack Empire Of Tomorrow still to come.
The only ‘real’ WWE gimmick to feature in Bump In The Night is ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt, a genuinely unsettling alter-ego for the man once known as Husky Harris. Otherwise it’s pure fiction, with a character list featuring ‘Demon King’ Finn Balor, ‘Swampfather’ Bray Wyatt, FrankenStrowman, ‘Wicked’ Aleister Black, ‘Unleashed’ Randy Orton, ‘Fed Up’ Sheamus, ‘Pilgrim’ Rusev, ‘Survivor’ Mandy Rose and ‘Twisted’ Nikki Cross.
Naughtily, however, you have to create those versions of Rose and Cross using CAW parts. That’s a disappointment.
Additionally there are zombie versions of Cesaro, Kassius Ohno, Robert Roode, Sami Zayn, and Sasha Banks.
Wasteland Warriors contains eight new gimmicks: ‘New Years’ Ricochet, ‘Arctic Shield’ Roman Reigns, ‘Fortune Fighter’ Ali, ‘Gatekeeper’ Baron Corbin, ‘Corrupted’ Jack Gallagher, ‘Grand Champion’ Batista, ‘Wanderer’ Seth Rollins, and ‘Overlord’ Samoa Joe.
Southpaw Wrestling adds Georgia Washington (Charlotte Flair), Dosvetanya (Lana), Bad Hair Day (Ember Moon), Misfit Molly (Becky Lynch), Samantha Urai (Kairi Sane), Sasha ‘Memory’ Banks, Mr Mackelroy (Tyler Breeze), Glam Rocker (Johnny Gargano), and a mysterious newcomer called Sea Creature.
As yet, no characters are confirmed for the final packs Asuka is known as ‘The Empress Of Tomorrow’, so a spin-off of her character for the Empire Of Tomorrow DLC seems inevitable.
WWE 2K20 DLC guide: What else is in it?
More rings, more moves, and more Towers. Bump In The Night, for instance, features five new story Towers, including One Of The Family – where Daniel Bryan must win matches to prevent himself being possessed by ‘The Swampfather’. It grants two new arenas in Wyatt Swamp and Cemetery Brawl, and a load of create-a-superstar parts and weapons.
Wasteland Wanderers features two new arenas: Overlord’s Coliseum and The Scrapyard – while Empire Of Tomorrow adds a setting that looks airlifted out of Tron. Southpaw Wrestling adds five more story towers, and two cool retro arenas: Southpaw Summer Breakout ’87 and Max Headlock’s.
We’ll update this guide with additional details as soon as they’re announced.
WWE 2K20 DLC guide: How much is it?
All four DLC packs can be bought as part of the BackStage Pass, for $29.99 / £24.99.
Bump In The Night, Wasteland Warriors and Southpaw Wrestling each cost $14.99 / £11.99, so you can expect that pricing policy to follow suit for Empire Of Tomorrow.
WWE 2K20 DLC guide: Who isn’t in it?
Sadly, it looks as though the days of DLC packs being used to add wrestlers recently signed to WWE are over. In this way WWE 2K19 DLC contained names such as Ricochet, Lacey Evans, and Mike and Maria Kanellis, but that precedent set in previous editions has apparently been ditched.
This almost certainly means no place as DLC for NXT favourites Walter, Kushida, and Dominik Dijakovic, and no way to resolve the WWE 2K20 Lio Rush mystery. (The reigning cruiserweight champion was included as DLC last year, but is curiously missing from this year’s game.) You can get these characters as fan-made CAWs (create-a-wrestlers), but that isn’t quite the same as having them officially.
WWE 2K20 DLC guide: release date
The Bump In The Night, Wasteland Warriors and Southpaw Wrestling packs are out now on PS4, Xbox One and PC. With work on WWE 2K21 likely well underway, expect Empire Of Tomorrow to emerge in March 2020, before Visual Concepts turns its full focus towards next year’s game.
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