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WWE 2K18 Switch Version, Reviews, Release Date, Roster, Season Pass, DLC, Universe Mode, MyCareer, Gameplay Improvements, New Graphics, Trailer - Everything we Know

All the info you need to get up to speed with WWE 2K18, including the WWE 2K18 release date, the large roster of wrestlers included in the game, Universe Mode, MyCareer and more. WWE 2K18 reviews and details of the Switch version.

Guide by Tom Orry, .

WWE 2K18 is coming and it looks set to be one of the best the series has seen in a long time. On this everything we know about WWE 2K18 page we'll detail the WWE 2K18 release date, list the large WWE 2K18 roster, and go into detail on the new graphics in WWE 2K18 and list any gameplay changes since last year's game. Read on for details on WWE 2K18 MyCareer and WWE 2K18 Universe Mode. Plus we'll have all the big WWE 2K18 reviews and details on WWE 2K18 on Switch.

WWE 2K18 Reviews

WWE 2K18 is out now, so WWE 2K18 reviews have started to arrive. Here we round up the WWE 2K18 reviews so you can get an idea about how good this year's game is. We'll update the list with reviews from the bigger sites once they publish their WWE 2K18 reviews.

  • Forbes (Contributor) WWE 2K18 Review - "Despite some light areas of concern with gameplay and some of the auxiliary modes and features, the core of the WWE 2K franchise has been strengthened."
  • 411 Mania WWE 2K18 Review - "Great graphics and excellent gameplay make this a must for any wrestling fan."
  • Trusted Reviews WWE 2K18 Review - "WWE 2K18 is a great wrestling game with a crazy amount of depth that feels a bit too similar to 2K17 to really hit new highs."

WWE 2K18 Nintendo Switch Details and Release Date

The release date for WWE 2K18 on Switch is December 6. 2K Games has confirmed the following details for the Switch version of the game:

  • WWE 2K18 on Switch includes MyCAREER, Road to Glory, customizable Universe Mode, Online play, local multiplayer and the dynamic Creation Suite.
  • New features from the PS4 and Xbox One versions of WWE 2K18 have made their way to the Switch game, including the new grapple carry system, new weight detection, thousands of new animations, a backstage area, roster and up to six characters onscreen at once.
  • Ability to play on TV or in handheld mode with up to four people in online and local multiplayer
  • For those who pre-ordered the physical version of WWE 2K18 on Nintendo Switch, two playable versions of WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle: his WWE “American Hero” persona (2001) and his ECW “Wrestling Machine” persona (2006). Digital WWE 2K18 customers will be able to download the Kurt Angle pack at no additional cost through December 13, 2017.

WWE 2K18 Release Date

The WWE 2K18 release date is October 17. WWE 2k18 will release on PS4, XBox One and Nintendo Switch. WWE 2K18 is in development at Yuke's and Visual Concepts, with 2K handling publishing duties. If you pre-order the WWE 2K18 Deluxe Edition of the John Cena (nuff) Edition you can play WWE 2K18 from October 13.

WWE 2K18 has Much Improved Graphics

WWE games on PS4 and Xbox One haven't been very graphically impressive. It's fair to say the series has looked a bit ropey since it made the jump to PS3 and Xbox 360, so it's great to see that the graphics engine is getting a big upgrade. WWE 2K18 includes a new rendering system, new skin shaders, real time reflections, and PBR (physically based rendering). The overall effect is a game that looks far more realistic than virtual wrestling ever has before.

WWE 2K18 Universe and MyCareer Mode Improvements

To match the current feeling of WWE on TV, across RAW, Smackdown, NXT and more, WWE 2K18's Universe mode will feel more organic and include more unexpected events.

My Career in WWE 2K18 is said to be more serious and story driven. The My Career mode will serve as the Glory mode, which is an end game for players who put time into their career.

In WWE 2K18 you’ll be able to choose to go down two routes: Company Man or Fan Favourite.

  • Company Man – This choice means you’re all about helping the general managers (GMs) achieve what they want from a show. You might be conspiring with them backstage, launching unprovoked attacks on other superstars, and anything else that will ensure GMs retain power. Helping a GM succeed will earn you upgrades and you’ll have access to Vince McMahon’s office.
  • Fan Favorite – this choice means you don’t want to get involved in the politics of WWE and just want to be a great wrestler for fans. Your goal is to earn the respect of other WWE superstars and become a legend. If you gain enough respect you’ll earn in-ring bonuses and get your own WWE Championship or Universal Championship.

Create-A-Wrestler fans will be pleased about improvements here too, with a new free camera for video creation, more effects and better editing tools. Arena creation tools have also had an upgrade.

Rivalries and Storylines in WWE 2K18 Universe Mode

Rivalries in WWE 2K18 can be between two WWE Superstars or two teams of two Superstars. The storyline that spins out from these rivalries can span numerous months and be a major feature of the Universe calendar. While you can make choices about rivalries, you can also just let them happen naturally within the game world.

Potential Rivalries in WWE 2K18 Universe Mode

To make rivalries more believable in WWE 2K18 they have two stages: Potential Rivalries and Active Rivalries.

Potential Rivalries are built up as you perform promos or run-ins on your target rival(s). Once you’ve built up the Potential Rivalry meter this rivalry will be moved to an Active Rivalry slot in the next show. The chance of an interaction happening depends on numerous factors, including rankings, relationships, crowd reactions, and personalities.

Once a rivalry becomes an Active Rivalry there will be weeks of in and outside the ring action between the two parties, with the rewards for eventual success depend on the rivalry’s Intensity.

Intensity lets you work out what is likely to happen between the Superstars involved in the rivalry, and its’ color coded for ease of use:

  • Low (Green): a “friendly” rivalry.
  • Medium (Yellow): Rivals are disrespectful and confrontational or growing frustrated from being on the losing end.
  • High (Orange): Rivals are resorting to and responding with cheap shots and distractions against each other.
  • Very High (Red): The rivalry has become hostile, with Superstars attacking each other.

A rivalry can start at one level and grow into something much more fierce as time passes and more actions are carried out.

Improved Calendar and PPVs in Universe Mode

The new Calendar system in WWE 2K18 is better able to handle multiple PPV events and the numerous WWE brands. Rivalries and storylines will work regardless of their start date and the PPV schedule.

Power Rankings in WWE 2K18

Power Rankings are new to WWE 2K18 and are used to determine where your Superstar sits within the whole Universe. By winning high profile matches, championships and being the victor in rivalries you’ll climb the Power Rankings. Temporary boosts gained through ranking can send your Superstar on amazing unbeaten runs, the likes of which are only possible in the world of the WWE.

Goals in WWE 2K18

Your Superstar in the Universe mode will have a set of personal goals to chase, giving them more purpose than they previously had. These goals will change as your ranking and relationships change over the course of time.

MyCAREER Invasion

As was the case with WWE 2K17, your friends’ MyPlayer superstars can populate your save file. What’s new in WWE 2K18 is that you will see them backstage and even be able to interact with them. Whether this is through talking, teaming up for tag team matches, or ambushing them, the choice is yours and should make the experience feel more unique to each player.

WWE 2K18 Commentary

Commentary in sports game is often not great, but it's generally been exceptionally poor in WWE games. WWE 2K18 should benefit from some big improvements here thanks to the team working with the NBA 2K team (a game that actually has decent commentary!). Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Corey Graves are the lead commentators, and recording was given more time than usual - plus some of the dialogue was recorded with the commentators all in the same room.

Will WWE 2K18 Play Better?

All WWE 2K18's improvements wouldn't count for much if the core gameplay wasn't getting a significant overhaul. It seems, thankfully, that it is! The grappling and submissions system is getting a revamp, there's a new carrying system, and players will be able to "sell" their position in a match.

Semi related to gameplay is a new Promo engine and a progression system which unlocks upgrades and perks. A fighter archetype system also gives each wrestler the right set of moves to match their physique and style.

Backstage brawls, a key part of the WWE experience, have been enhanced with more interactive objects, a freeroam arena, and 1v1 online play. Also included are classic multi-wrestler match types, such as Royal Rumble, Battle Royale, Ladder matches, and 8-man Tag. WWE 2K18 will include mixed gender wrestling and changeable win conditions.

WWE 2K 18 Roster

The roster in WWE 2K18 is massive (Now updated with approximately 150 confirmed superstars!). Here is the list of superstars confirmed for WWE 2K18 to date. We'll update the WWE 2K18 roster as more wrestlers are announced.

  • Akira Tozawa
  • Alexander Wolfe
  • Alundra Blayze
  • Andre the Giant
  • Bam Bam Bigelow
  • Baron Corbin
  • Big Boss Man
  • Big Show
  • Braun Strowman
  • Bray Wyatt
  • Bret Hart
  • Brie Bella
  • British Bulldog
  • Buddy Roberts,
  • Bushwhacker Butch
  • Bushwhacker Luke
  • Cesaro, Dean Ambrose
  • Diamond Dallas Page
  • Diesel
  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Dusty Rhodes
  • Emma
  • Eric Young
  • Erick Rowan
  • Hideo Itami
  • Jinder Mahal
  • Kalisto, Kane
  • Karl Anderson
  • Killian Dain
  • Konnor
  • Lita
  • Luke Gallows
  • Luke Harper
  • Mark Henry
  • Nikki Bella
  • Nikki Cross, Paige
  • Sami Zayn
  • Sawyer Fulton
  • Sheamus
  • Sin Cara
  • Summer Rae
  • Undertaker
  • Viktor
  • AJ Styles
  • Bayley
  • Becky Lynch
  • Bobby Roode
  • Brock Lesnar
  • Brutus Beefcake
  • Daniel Bryan
  • Earthquake
  • Eddie Guerrero
  • Edge
  • Ember Moon
  • Godfather
  • Goldberg
  • Greg Valentine
  • Ivory
  • Jey Uso
  • Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart
  • Jimmy Uso
  • John Cena
  • Kevin Von Erich
  • Kurt Angle
  • Larry Zbyszko
  • Maryse
  • Mickie James
  • Mojo Rawley
  • Naomi, Natalya
  • Randy Orton
  • Roman Reigns
  • Sasha Banks
  • Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Tamina
  • The Miz
  • The Rock
  • Triple H
  • Zack Ryder
  • Kevin Owens
  • Samoa Joe
  • Big Cass
  • Rusev
  • Finn Bálor
  • Chris Jericho
  • Rick Martel
  • Mick Foley
  • Ricky The Dragon Steamboat
  • Miss Jacqueline
  • Rikishi
  • Macho Man Randy Savage
  • Mr. Perfect
  • Lex Luger
  • Razor Ramon
  • Rick Rude
  • Vader
  • Ric Flair
  • Chad Gable
  • Alexa Bliss
  • Nia Jax
  • Tye Dillinger
  • Apollo Crews
  • Carmella
  • Dana Brooke
  • Neville
  • Shane Thorne
  • Akam
  • Rezar
  • Michael P.S. Hayes
  • Jimmy Garvin
  • Tommaso Ciampa
  • Cedric Alexander
  • Asuka
  • TJP
  • Roderick Strong
  • Johnny Gargano
  • Jason Jordan
  • Nick Miller
  • Dash Wilder
  • Scott Dawson
  • JBL
  • Tatanka
  • Typhoon
  • Tatsumi Fujinami
  • RVD
  • Booker T
  • Batista
  • Trish Stratus
  • Sycho Sid
  • Jake "The Snake" Roberts
  • Christian
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
  • Aiden English
  • Goldust
  • Big E
  • Kofi Kingston
  • Xavier Woods
  • Sting
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Titus O'Neil
  • Enzo Amore
  • The Brian Kendrick
  • Shane McMahon
  • Alicia Fox
  • Stephanie McMahon
  • Ultimate Warrior
  • Charlotte Flair
  • Curtis Axel
  • Bo Dallas
  • Kassius Ohno
  • Darren Young
  • Rich Swann
  • Gran Metalik
  • Noam Dar
  • Jack Gallagher
  • No Way Jose
  • Primo Colon
  • Epico Colon
  • Tyson Kidd
  • Billie Kay
  • Peyton Royce
  • Rhyno
  • Curt Hawkins
  • Heath Slater
  • R-Truth
  • Tyler Breeze
  • Fandango

WWE 2K18 Season Pass

A Season Pass for WWE 2K18 will be available from day one. It is priced $29.99 (20 per cent saving over buying items separately) and includes the following content (as they are released):

  • Accelerator - Immediate access to all WWE 2K18 unlockable content available at launch in the game’s VC Purchasable section (not including DLC), plus control over rankings and attributes.
  • MyPlayer Kick Start - Give your Superstar a boost and unlock attributes in MyCareer.
  • Enduring Icons Pack (Not day one) - Beth Phoenix, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Ricky Morton, and Robert Gibson.
  • NXT Generation Pack (Not day one) - Aleister Black, Drew McIntyre, Elias, Lars Sullivan, and Ruby Riot
  • New Moves Pack - including the Tie Breaker (made popular by Tye Dillinger); the Crash Landing (made popular by Kassius Ohno); the Pumphandle Death Valley Driver (made popular by Akam); and the Swinging Sleeper Slam (made popular by Diamond Dallas Page).

Additional DLC for WWE 2K18

If you buy the WWE 2K18 Deluxe Edition or the Cena Nuff Edition you’ll get launch day access to Batista, John Cena '06, John Cena '10, and Rob Van Dam.

Anyone who pre-orders WWE 2K18 will get access to Kurt Angle '01 and Kurt Angle '06.

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