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Lynell Jinks
CREATIVE DIRECTOR, WWE 2K20

WGC: WWE 2K20 is the first game in the
WWE 2K series developed solely by Visual
Concepts. What has the team brought to
the game now that you're fully in control of
development?
Lynell Jinks: The Visual Concepts team sees
this as "our time!" We're really excited to drive
the WWE 2K franchise into the future and
show players our vision and creativity. One of
our new ideas that really sets WWE 2K20 apart
from previous WWE 2K games is WWE 2K20
Originals, which will give players exponentially more content to play after the game
launches and explores whole new fantasy
worlds with unique versions of popular WWE
Superstars.

"We're really excited
to drive the WWE
2K franchise into
the future and show
players our vision and
creativity."

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WGC: One of the special modes in WWE
2K20 is 2K Towers: Roman's Reign. In what
ways will this mode give fans a look at Roman Reigns' career?
LJ: 2K Towers: Roman's Reign allows players
to follow "The Big Dog" through his time as a
member of The Shield, as well as his rivalries
with Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Undertaker,
Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, Drew McIntyre
and more. Overall, players will compete in 16
matches and live out key chapters in Reigns'
impressive career. Every match includes a liveaction introduction from Roman discussing
the challenge that lies ahead. Gameplay-wise,
players can expect an ever-increasing challenge, as Reigns battles some of the greatest
in-ring competitors in WWE history.
WGC: In addition to 2K Towers, WWE 2K20
also features 2K Showcase: The Women's
Evolution. Why was it important to give
the WWE's woman's division its own special
mode?
LJ: Players have been asking for a femalecentric 2K Showcase and MyCAREER, and in
WWE 2K20, we're giving them both of those
things. If you watch WWE programming, you
know that the Women's Evolution is a story like
no other and has been a massive success, with
Superstars like Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey,
Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, and Bayley break-

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ringing the splendor and spectacle of
the WWE to the world of video games
is never easy, but the WWE 2K series
continues to push that goal forward. This year,
Visual Concepts is fully taking the reins-or, you
might say, Reigns-in developing WWE 2K20.
The team's bringing an array of additions to the
game, so we jumped into the squared circle with
WWE 2K20's creative director Lynell Jinks to pin
him down on what fans can expect.

ing barriers and forging a new path for female
Superstars of the future. At WrestleMania 35,
women headlined WrestleMania for the first
time ever, and that match is the ultimate moment in 2K Showcase: The Women's Evolution.
We're watching history being made and in
WWE 2K20, we're giving players [a chance] to
relive those moments firsthand.
WGC: As you mentioned, one of the really
interesting additions this year are the WWE
2K20 Originals Packs. Can you tell us more
about these special expansion packs?
LJ: If you take a look at our upcoming WWE
2K20 Originals themes, you can get a sense of
the imagination our team at Visual Concepts
has. We've got Halloween-themed Bump in
the Night, which includes fan-favorite "The
Fiend" Bray Wyatt, post-apocalyptic Wasteland Wanderers, 1980s throwback Southpaw
Regional Wrestling, and the futuristic Empire
of Tomorrow. Each of the WWE 2K20 Originals
packages has its own unique 2K Showcase
storyline, multiple story-driven Towers, all-new
takes on popular WWE Superstars, such as the
Frankenstein-inspired FrankenStrowman and
a truly demonic take on Finn Bálor, unique arenas, and new creative costume- and charactercustomization parts.
WGC: If you were to debut in the WWE as a
new Superstar, who would you be?
LJ: If I were to debut as a WWE Superstar, my
name would be JINX and I would look like a
mix of Boogie Man and Papa Shango with a
touch of a New Orleans Witch Doctor like Dr.
Facilier from Princess and the Frog. The entire
gimmick would be to put curses on Superstars
and jinx their matches. In order for me to perform my witchcraft, I would create a voodoo
doll of the Superstar I was jinxing. I would be
a lone wolf creeping in the shadows and the
underbelly of the WWE. Other WWE superstars
would hire me to put a jinx on their opponents. The fun part is that I wouldn't even have
to show up all the time, you would know I was
there by seeing a voodoo doll laying in the
ring or tied to the ring post after a match.


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