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January 2, 2020 1:01 PM UTC

2K Games Should’ve Let WWE 2K20 Die With New Year’s Bug

To usher in the New Year, 2K Games' beleaguered and bug-ridden wrestling title, WWE 2K20, suffered a rather unlikely Y2K-style crash.

  • New Year’s bug caused widespread WWE 2K20 crash.
  • Bug reportedly linked to year change from 2019 to 2020.
  • Issue represents latest chapter in on-going disaster.

To usher in the New Year, 2K Games beleaguered and bug-ridden wrestling title, WWE 2K20, suffered a rather unlikely bug. In a bizarre time warp back to the turn of the century, an error uncannily similar to the famed Y2K bug met players trying to launch any of the game’s modes.

WWE 2K20 2020 Bug

Reports surfaced from players across the globe and on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox suggesting the problem was widespread.

Complaints appeared to pinpoint the passage from 2019 to 2020 as the culprit, raising concerns that a coding error linked to the year 2020 was responsible.

Various sources were able to rectify the issue by turning back the date on their systems by a single day, further adding weight to the theory. The irony wasn’t lost to many onlookers given the game’s titular links to 2020.

In uncharacteristically fast fashion, 2K Games produced a fix late yesterday available by restarting the game that appears to have resolved the crashes.

Source: Twitter

From Bad To Worse

A bevy of bugs and issues have plagued WWE 2K20 since launch. Buggy game play animations, truly horrifying graphical glitches that saw character models morph into unsightly aberrations of sinew and flesh, and missing assets defined the game for many.

The situation was dire enough for Sony to issue no-questions-asked refunds to displeased players.

Despite 2K Games assertions that it would fix the issues, successive patches haven’t produced anything resembling a lasting remedy.

Members of developer Visual Concepts reportedly lined up to leave the company in the wake of WWE 2K20’s sketchy launch.

2K Missed A Trick

Aside from questions about how such a rudimentary bug found its way into a AAA title at all, 2K Games missed a trick by reviving a game that’s already on life support. Simply letting the game die, swept up by the winds of times – quite literally – would have been a fitting end to the disaster of WWE 2K20.

Instead, 2K’s wrestling-shaped Frankenstein trudges into 2020 bloodied and broken.

This article was edited by Samburaj Das.

Last modified: January 22, 2020 11:40 PM UTC

Thomas Bardwell @TomBWrites

UK-based video game writer. Contact: thomas.bardwell[at]ccn[dot]com

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