WWE 2K, formerly released as WWF/E SmackDown! and SmackDown vs Raw, is a series of professional wrestling sports video games that launched in 2000. It is known as”World Wrestling Entertainment”. The premise of the series is to emulate the sport of professional wrestling, and more specifically that of WWE.
The games were originally published by THQ and developed by Yuke’s.2K Sports took over publisher beginning with 2013’s WWE 2K14, and the series was co-developed with Visual Concept until Yuke’s departure in 2018. Visual Concepts would take our lead development of the series beginning with LSM99.
History (WWE 2K) and development
The first game of WWF Smackdown! was developed by Yuke published by THQ and released on 2 March 2000, this arrangement would continue until 2012. The series was originally named after one of WWE’s meekly television programs, Smackdown, and was initially exclusive to Sony’s PlayStation 2. And The series engine was originally based on the one used by the Japanese Toukon Retsudn, which was also developed by Yuke’s.2006’s WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2007 was the first game in the series to be released on multiple game consoles.
The first game in the series WWE Smackdown! , had a clear-cut system for moves such as combining an arrow key with the circle button for grappling and moves and combining an arrow key with the X button for striking moves. In Smackdown vs Raw 2007, new game mechanics were introduced, in which a new scheme altered the grappling system of the game.
|2000||WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role|
|2001||WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It|
|2002||WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth|
|2003||WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain|
|2004||WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw|
|2005||WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006|
|2006||WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007|
|2007||WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008|
|2008||WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009|
|2009||WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010|
|2010||WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011|
|2020||WWE 2K Battlegrounds|
|Developer(s)||Yuke’s (2000–2018), Visual Concepts (Supporting developers: 2013–2018, Sole developer: 2019–present)|
|Publisher(s)||THQ (2000–2012), 2K Sports (2013–present)|
|First Release||WWF SmackDown! (March 2, 2000)|
Xbox Series X,
|Latest Release||WWE 2K23 (March 17, 2023)|