WWE says its making a wrestling RPG

A WWE RPG is in the works, as Chief Brand Officer (and frequent on-screen personality) Stephanie McMahon confirms in the company’s latest financial report.

WWE “recently signed a new deal in the role-playing game space that will be announced soon,” as McMahon explains in the company’s first quarter earnings call (transcribed by Seeking Alpha (opens in new tab)).

Austin Creed, known in the ring as Xavier Woods, shared a teasing GIF on Twitter (opens in new tab) in response to the news. Creed also hosts the Up Up Down Down gaming channel on YouTube (opens in new tab), and is a regular host on G4TV.

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There are no additional details about the WWE RPG just yet, but McMahon says “gaming is a priority for WWE to reach our next-gen audience with over 80% of WWE’s audience self-identifying as gamers.” That’s “next-gen” as in people under 34, not necessarily PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X fans.

McMahon also says that WWE is continuing to “evaluate the metaverse, both walled garden environments that already exist as well as decentralized properties.” Whatever that ends up meaning, we can expect to hear more in “the coming months.”

As for traditional WWE games, McMahon says the company is “extremely pleased” with WWE 2K22. “After taking a little more than a year off to improve the game engine, we worked hand in glove with our partners at Take-Two Interactive, listened to our customers and fans, and earned back their trust by delivering a game that exceeded their expectations.”

McMahon says “WWE 2K22 was a commercial and critical success with the highest Metacritic scores on both Xbox and PlayStation platforms in franchise history with over 5.6 million hours viewed on Twitch to date.”

An indie wrestling RPG called WrestleQuest was announced during an ID@Xbox showcase earlier this year. While the game features no WWE branding, it does include the likenesses of legendary wrestlers like “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Jake “the Snake” Roberts, and Andre the Giant.

You won’t find many wrestlers just yet, but our list of the best RPG games does include a whole lot of hours of gaming goodness.

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