Recently appointed WWE 2K executive producer Patrick Gilmore took part in a Reddit Q&A last week, and revealed new information on the future of the series. During this, he responded to calls for the return of General Manager Mode, saying it's "one of the most requested features we get."
GM Mode was first introduced back in WWE SmackDown! Vs. Raw 2006, and allowed players to take charge of WWE shows in a management-style format. The feature was removed for the 2009 edition, but has since enjoyed a boost in popularity, being featured prominently on the popular UpUpDownDown YouTube channel.
In the Q&A, Gilmore explained the team is thinking about the prospect of bringing GM Mode back to the series, but doesn't want to simply rehash the mode without bringing something new:
"GM Mode is one of the most requested features we get. I can say that my message to the team was, “We’re not just going to trot out a mode from 2008 without bringing something new.” Top minds are thinking about that right now. Top. Minds."
2K Games recently confirmed that it won't be releasing a WWE 2K game this year following the disappointing reception to WWE 2K20, noting that the team wants to bring a "renewed focus on quality and fun" to the series' next simulation game. And on Reddit, Gilmore explained that the team is looking at past favourites such as WWF No Mercy and WWE SmackDown: Here Comes The Pain! for inspiration in developing the next title's gameplay:
"We are looking at much-loved previous games like No Mercy or Smackdown: Here Comes the Pain, along with top franchise installments, and more modern wrestling and fighting games to build an all-new philosophical foundation for the game. People who hope that we holistically adopt the control scheme or philosophy from one of their favorite games are likely to be disappointed; we are trying to combine the best ideas out there into a brand new wrestling experience that sets a new standard."
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