Bit Fry and WWE have announced a new licensing agreement that will see WWE Superstars and Legends integrated into the roster of “Ultimate Rivals: The Court” with WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks the first to be added.
Each Superstar will be available to compete with or against athletes across every major sports league in three-on-three basketball games with six additional Superstars being announced in the coming months. Coming first to Apple Arcade later this year, Apple’s game subscription service that includes a one-month free trial and expanding to Steam and consoles in the future, “The Court” is a follow-up to last year’s “Ultimate Rivals: The Rink,” shifting the action from the ice to the basketball court.
“With WWE joining the Ultimate Rivals franchise, we can now really say that Bit Fry’s re-envisioning of arcade-action sports video-games has truly become ultimate,” says Ben Freidlin, chief executive officer and founder, Bit Fry Game Studios. “Our promise to gamers has always been that they can build the ultimate team of athletes to compete in ways that only they can imagine, and that promise has just taken on a totally new dimension that we’re honored to have the creative opportunity to bring to life and excited for our gamers to enjoy.”
Reigns and Banks will join other licensed athletes such as the NBA’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, De'Aaron Fox, Kawhi Leonard, Zion Williamson and James Harden; the WNBA’s Candace Parker, Diana Taurasi, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins-Smith; USWNT’s Alex Morgan; the NHL’s Alex Ovechkin; the NFL’s Juju Smith-Schuster; and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. In total, gamers will be able to choose from more than 140 competitors, including a roster of unlockable talent existing from The Rink.
“Bit Fry is a leading innovator in arcade-style sports games, and we are thrilled to partner with them to integrate WWE’s larger-than-life characters and pop culture icons next to some of the biggest athletes across the world of sports,” says Sarah Cummins, senior vice president, consumer products, WWE. “This partnership creates another way for our passionate fans to engage with their favorite WWE Superstars and Legends in a unique setting while giving WWE new opportunities to connect with a variety of sports fans.”
Players can compete in online multiplayer or single player matches against AI opponents. All of this will be supported by an audio track from video-game voice actor Tim Kitzrow (“NBA Jam,” “NFL Blitz,” “Wayne Gretzky 64”).
New characters and leagues will be revealed in the coming months, and players can visit www.ultimaterivals.com for the latest information.