After several patches have improved WWE 2K20 past its horrifically poor launch state, Visual Concepts has their hands full for the holiday today, as apparently the change to 2020 has broken all online functionality for the game.
All game modes that require an online component, including online matches, MyPlayer, 2K Towers, and Road to Glory, are crashing the game when initiated and the fix is apparently to set the clock back on your console to any point in 2019. The studio addressed the issue in a tweet this morning, saying the're aware of the issue and "are currently investigating" a fix.
It was a user by the Twitter handle @TheShiningDown who happened to discover one temporary fix: adjust your console clock to 2019 or earlier. Somehow the game's backend was not prepared for the year to become the same as the one on the box art.
WWE 2K20 released on October 22, 2019 to very low reviews. Its average of a 39 only tells half the story and the most damning detail comes in its recommendation percentage of a lowly 2%, meaning just one of the game's 47 reviewers recommended the game for play.
At launch, WWE 2K20 suffered an unwanted social media spotlight after gameplay bugs alternatingly horrified and dazzled onlookers and early adopters alike. It's since been patched several times over in an effort to get the game to a more acceptable state. WWE 2K20 is the first game in the series to not be co-developed by Visual Concepts and Yukes after the latter team departed the series to focus on their own new pro wrestling IP, which they've yet to unveil.
2K has come under great criticism for their release of the game given that there's seemingly no way they weren't aware of the multitude of issues the game had, but some speculate that the company had no choice but to release the game, as a licensed title like this is typically on a strict release schedule due to contract terms. Hopefully early adopters aren't burned in this fall's assumedly incoming sequel.