The pro wrestling fantasies fans can play out in WWE 2K15 are set to be enhanced by a major addition to the series—a career mode.
2K Sports didn't put its full imprint on its first go-round with the WWE video game last year, but borrowing a mode from its sports titles will change that. The first word about the exciting new addition highlights a batch of WWE 2K15 news that also reveals that a special Hulk Hogan-themed edition of the game is on its way.
A rumored cover controversy and more Sting involvement rounds out the latest info on the upcoming video game due to launch this October.
For fans who get nostalgia-induced chills upon hearing "Real American," WWE 2K15 is offering a compelling incentive to shell out extra bucks.
As announced on WWE2K.com, 2K Sports has crafted a "Hulkamania Edition" of the video game. It will be available for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The limited-edition collectible edition includes:
- A collectible art card autographed by Hogan
- An exclusive Hollywood Hogan action figure
- A piece of the ring mat from Hogan's appearance on Raw in March
- Exclusive pre-order Hogan characters
- Access to the Sting Playable Characters pack
Last year, 2K Sports did the same thing in a version that celebrated The Undertaker. He was also a special part of the game itself with both the Defend the Streak and Beat the Streak modes. No word on if there's a plan to do something similar with Hogan.
Roster Reveal Update
SummerSlam weekend will inform fans just what Superstars from past and present will be playable in the game. Will NXT wrestlers be included? Will champions of old like Buddy Rogers and Ivan Koloff be a part of the fun?
WWE and 2K Sports will answer those questions on Saturday, Aug. 16.
Roman Reigns, Cesaro, John Cena, Hogan and Sheamus are all scheduled to be on a "roster reveal" panel that day. Steve Austin will host. Not that star power was an issue before, but more is coming to the event.
WWE announced on its website that Sting will join the panel.
As of now, the roster officially includes the following Superstars:
- Sting (retro)
- Hulk Hogan
- John Cena
- Bray Wyatt
- Roman Reigns
It won't be long until that list grows tremendously. SummerSlam weekend is fast approaching.
Speculation can then morph into fact.
Cena, who appears on the WWE 2K15 cover, tweeted an early look at his character:
It's clear the developers have been hard at work to upgrade the game's graphics, as evidenced by the accuracy of Cena's furrowed brow. The glimpse reveals some of what the move to next-gen consoles offers. This shot at least shows off some stunning graphics.
Hopefully, the other Superstars look as improved as Cena does here.
The world champ has been one of the game's biggest spokesman thus far. One has to wonder if WWE would have afforded Daniel Bryan the same opportunities were he not out of the limelight thanks to neck surgery.
A photo has been making its way around the Internet of the injured star, possibly revealing an alternative cover or a part of the jacket artwork:
The image includes the WWE 2K15 release date and looks like it will be in part of a display one sees at video game stores. There has been no confirmation as to whether this was the planned cover pre-injury or if it's just bonus artwork.
Anti-Cena and pro-Bryan fans, though, are likely already convinced that this is the former champ's latest "burial."
Game Mode Changes
A pair of new modes will give WWE 2K15 a far different feel from previous games.
Vince Ingenito writes on IGN.com that it will feature both a story mode called 2K Showcase and a full-on career mode, much like the one from the NBA 2K series.
The former is supposed to be like the 30 Years of WrestleMania mode but with a narrower focus. That will allow for a more in-depth, detailed experience. Ingenito notes that "2K Showcase will be broken up into two episodes, each one focusing in tightly on an epic rivalry from the WWE's past."
There is a wide range of possibilities for this mode.
2K Sports could have fans revisit the long, storied rivalry between Randy Orton and Cena, for example, reliving their many pay-per-view matches and memorable moments. Mr. McMahon and Austin's bitter feud would be a great source of drama as well.
The career mode is even more exciting news, though.
Details are scarce now, but one will be able to take a created character through an entire WWE career. One would assume that means there will be some NXT elements. That's where a would-be Superstar starts in real life these days, after all.
Unfortunately, career mode will only be available on next-gen platforms. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners will be out of luck.
Ingenito also adds that 2K Sports has been striving to improve the game's visuals. A multitude of motion-capture sessions and five times the animation data of WWE 2K14 will certainly do that.
Fans will be impatient to hear who will be on the roster, but now there's an added element to hunger for. Rather than be another retread in the series, WWE 2K15 prepares to tack on a rich, compelling experience to the game.