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Visual Concepts Creative Director On Why Some WWE 2K20 Graphics Took a Step Back This Year

October 24, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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WWE 2K20 has been acknowledged by many as backtracking graphically with a number of roster members, and Visual Concepts Creative Director Lynell Jinks recently explained why. Jinks spoke with and discussed one of the big criticisms (though not the only one) of the latest game in that certain characters looked like they had worse graphical work than they had in WWE 2K19 or even further back. You can see an example of that below with a Rock image-to-image comparison, as well as highlights from Jinks’ comments:

On taking the original scans and bringing them up to date: “When we got the license from THQ, we also got their archive and their assets. Luckily they were scanning through Gentle Giant from the early 2000s. Someone like Chyna, they had a scan from 2001 or 2002 or something like that, some early 2000s and we used that. It’s not a great scan, it’s not photogrammetry like we do with our current superstars, but it gave us a nice base, right? Then we had some really talented artists that will go in and fine-tune it and sculpt it and try to make it look as good as the photogrammetry that we never used. It’s always a challenge, and so you’re trying to compare something that comes from real-life images and scan data to something that an artist kind of creates, but I believe with time and now that we feel like all right, we kind of have a process down, we can get there. Again, we have some really talented artists that allow us to do that.”

On why some of the characters don’t hold up to others in terms of graphics: “To me that that’s the stuff where it’s like, if we dig through our archives, you can find something and start as a base and it’s easier than just trying to come up with than scratch. I don’t care how talented someone is, it’s harder, right? When you don’t have a base, but if you have that base, it gives you a fighting chance. Because it’s not like you’re comparing apples to apples at that point. That’s where I feel like there’s certain wrestlers or superstars in our game that might not hold up to some of the other guys because we didn’t have that.”

On WWE 2K20’s lesser graphics: “Unfortunately this year we didn’t get to touch those. So we’re like, all right, next year if they do happen to be in the game, let’s get them at that quality bar that everyone else is at. Because you know, anyone that you’ve seen that doesn’t live up to that expectation hurts us a little bit. We know that … It’s hard, but that doesn’t give us a pass and we need to do better, right. I’m okay with that.”

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