Per Stephanie McMahon, Executive Vice President of creative development and daughter of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, The Rock will be featured on the cover of the as yet released WWE 2K14 video game.
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"Breaking News: @TheRock will be featured on the cover of WWE 2K 14" Casey Collins EVP CPG #BPS #Wrestlemania4/6/2013, 3:25:30 PM
WWE games had been published by THQ since 1999 with WWF WrestleMania 2000 for the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color.
This will be the first WWE game published by 2K Sports, the company that acquired the WWE license after THQ filed for bankruptcy, per Eddie Makuch of Gamespot.com.
The powers that be couldn’t have selected a more sensible cover guy. The Rock is the most universally loved and recognizable figure currently associated with the WWE, so putting him on the cover is a great way to ease the transition to a new publisher.
With the Rock headlining WrestleMania 28, the WWE secured more than 1.25 million pay-per-view buys, making it the most successful wrestling pay-per-view of all time, per Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc.com.
We can expect another monumental purchase performance from WrestleMania 29 as the Rock is set to rematch John Cena at MetLife Stadium in New York on Sunday.
Placing the Rock on the cover also ensures The Brahma Bull will be representing the company on a major platform for at least the next six-to-eight months.
WWE games are generally released in the Fall as WWE’ 13 was released on Oct. 30. WWE 2K14 is currently slated for another Fall release, per John Gaudiosi of Forbes magazine.
The Rock was a mainstay as a face of the company’s games from 2000-2001, a time span that placed him on the cover of multiple games for various systems.
He has shared covers with the likes of Mick Foley, Chyna, Triple H, the Undertaker and Kurt Angle, but he hasn’t been given the honor since WWE WrestleMania XIX for the Nintendo Gamecube, which was released in Sept. 2003.
It’s been 10 years, but finally….the Rock has come back to the cover!
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