WWE fans are assured of two things in August: SummerSlam's arrival and rumors surrounding WWE 2K15 beginning to gain momentum.
Information about the upcoming video game isn't plentiful yet, but curiosity for what shape it will take certainly is. Who will be on the roster is at the heart of the majority of the current WWE 2K15 buzz.
After the last two versions of the game showcased the Attitude era and WrestleMania history, could NXT be the next central theme?
Fans will have a better idea of what the answer to that question is after a scheduled roster reveal. For now, though, one has to depend on Internet rumblings and piece together a potential picture of WWE 2K15.
The tangible info out so far is the game's release date, its cover boy, what wrestler will come by way of preorder bonus and the fact that it will be available for next-gen consoles.
WWE 2K15 comes out on Oct. 28 in North America and on Oct. 31 internationally.
As fans found out on June 30, John Cena will grace the cover. He follows The Rock and CM Punk as recent Superstars to earn that honor.
The game will also feature two versions of Sting as playable characters, as seen in the highly viewed video promoting his first step into the WWE world:
For details beyond those, fans will have to be patient. If they can make it to Cologne, Germany, in mid-August, however, they won't have to wait long to see an early version of the game in action.
That's the home of the Gamescom event that runs from Aug. 14-17. The PlayStation website notes that WWE 2K15 will be one of the PlayStation 4 games featured at the upcoming gaming conference. That will offer a significant look at just who will be a part of the roster.
The confirmed roster so far includes the following Superstars:
- Bray Wyatt
- Hulk Hogan
- John Cena
- Roman Reigns
- Sting (retro version)
What of the folks lower on the card who may get pushed aside? Justin Gabriel is the kind of low-level wrestler who is in danger of missing the cut in terms of the WWE 2K15 roster.
He made it onto last year's game but has been used less often on TV. He could fail to make it aboard this time, as JTG did last year. Word on his inclusion is conflicting.
Damian Seeto of Just Push Start writes that Gabriel posted an image of himself on Instagram. The shot showed Gabriel in front of cameras.
Was this for the purpose of creating a new Gabriel model?
That seemed to be the case, but Gabriel has since removed the photo and on Twitter denied that he's a part of the game:
@CWG8YEYI nope— Justin Gabriel (@Justin__Gabriel) July 27, 2014
Adam Rose's low position on WWE's hierarchy could have him miss out on WWE 2K15 as well. His answer in a recent interview suggests that the company hasn't decided on him being in the game.
Rose told a local CBS affiliate that he hopes to be in the game, saying, "I think the game will not be complete without Adam Rose, and my Rosebuds, and the Exotic Express! ... And there better be a bunny in there, too!"
Senior marketing director for 2K Sports Chris Snyder told John Gaudiosi of the Chicago Tribune in June that the game will feature brand-new character models. He talked about how Daniel Bryan, AJ Lee and Naomi will look, seemingly announcing that they will be in the game.
Those are the more reliable sources for sneak peeks at the roster. To see every name on the list, fans will have to wait until SummerSlam weekend.
As WWE announced on its website, the company will host a "roster reveal" event on Aug. 16 in Los Angeles, one day before SummerSlam.
Whether names like Pedro Morales and Buddy Rogers are a part of that announcement or if prospects like Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville are on the list will point to what kind of thematic mode the upcoming game will feature. Will WWE continue to mine the past for its video game inspiration, or will the focus be on the future?