THQ top man Danny Bilson has announced that they are working on an, as of yet, unnamed wrestling title which would encompass a more laid back and casual style of gameplay.
Bilson likened the title to WWE All Stars
(also in development at this stage by THQ) in that it is easier to pick up and play, and is in general, accessible to a wider audience. To sum up In a soundbite? Expect the fourth wrestling game to be 'easier' and 'less simmy'.
The approach of opening the title up may not appeal to long term fans, but Bilson justifies this inferring that they don't want the franchise to become stale, and that THQ plan to alternate [their] SKU every six months.
Whilst we have your attention, here's some other wrestling info for you. Bilson also commented on the Smackdown vs. Raw: Online
game currently only available in Asia, and the titles prospects of coming to the US and Europe. It's not looking promising at this moment in time:
We don't want to confuse Smackdown vs. Raw [the current franchise] with that online free-to-play game. That's a big, expensive title, Smackdown Vs. Raw, we will not do any cannibalization of it at all. The online game is also designed uniquely for Asian playing habits and it would probably have to be modified creatively to bring it to the West