This marks the end of an era, and the start of another.
The bombshell annoucement was released by the WWE today: The Smackdown vs Raw video game series has come to an end: out of its ashes rises WWE '12. I think this is what they needed to do: the franchise had become predictable, and a fresh start could put the WWE back in the video game spotlight.
Here is directly from the source, WWE:
Every champion must reinvent himself, and every Superstar has an evolution. Reinvented with each challenge, always primed and ready to strike with more edge and intensity than ever before, he is reborn - bigger, badder and better.
FINALLY...the WWE experience you've been demanding has arrived! THQ's flagship franchise in the company's WWE videogame portfolio is reborn, delivering the best and most realistic WWE action ever. With new Predator Technology, an overhauled gameplay experience and new broadcast TV presentation that promises the most fluid, dynamic, authentic and action-packed WWE simulation experience to date, WWE '12 gives you more control over WWE than ever before.
EXPERIENCE THE NEW WWE! - WWE Action is redefined with new Predator Technology! This new system delivers a fresh and strategic gameplay experience that looks, feels and plays better than ever before. the gameplay you have demanded is finally here with the most fluid WWE action and realistic animations to date in a WWE videogame, improved A.I. and an all-new Breaking Point submission system!
DYNAMIC TV PRESENTATION - Witness the most electrifying presenation in all of sports entertainment. A dynamic new broadcast camera system and badder visual presentation replicate everything you see on WWE's television broadcasts. New rendering and lighting technologies will provide the most realistic WWE Superstars, WWE Divas and WWE Legends and best-looking in-ring action to date.
CREATE AND SHARE YOUR WWE - WWE '12's best-in-class creation suite gives you the ability to create Superstars, entrances, finishing moves, storylines, Highlight Reels and all-new capabilities never before seen in a WWE videogame! Go online and upload your creations to share them with the WWE Universe and download creations from others to add to your own experience.
WWE UNIVERSE 2.0 - Take control of your WWE career in a bigger, badder and better WWE universe. Your actions determine your destiny and shape your experience, as storylines, matches, alliances and rivalries are built based on your decisions.
ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA - The Road to WrestleMania is fraught with action, drama, challenges, storyline twists and truns, and surprises. Which road will you pick, and what story will you tell, on your way to the biggest spectacle in sports entertainment?