The relationship between WWE and 2K Sports resulted in a great game last year, but WWE 2K15 promises to be the best edition to date after a full year to develop and add notable upgrades.
With the inclusion of wrestling legend Sting as a pre-order bonus character, the addition of a MyCareer mode similar to the NBA 2K series and the visual upgrades on the next-generation consoles, fans are ready to get their hands on the game.
WWE 2K15 will be released on Oct. 28 in North American and Oct. 31 in Europe.
Here are the notable game upgrades that will have hardcore gamers and wrestling fans buying into the newest edition of the WWE series.
Sting Arrives in the WWE Universe
The biggest addition to the series for many old-school wrestling fans is the inclusion of NWA, WCW and TNA legend Sting. For years, Sting had flirted with the idea of signing with WWE, but the two sides could never hammer out an agreement.
Sting was the face of the alternative to the mainstream WWE, but he is now part of the WWE 2K15 roster. This is a huge moment in the history of wrestling and is in the same vein as Vince McMahon’s repaired relationship with the late Ultimate Warrior.
WWE is making a deal about Sting’s inclusion, and 2K Sports released a pretty incredible video:
Sting left TNA early in 2014, and rumors began popping up immediately about possibly signing a deal with WWE. TMZ spoke to Sting recently, and he claimed no deal had been signed to wrestle yet. Regardless, his involvement with 2K Sports and WWE in general is a clear step in the right direction.
With the chance to finally book The Undertaker vs. Sting in a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania, wrestling fans and hardcore gamers should be excited for the inclusion of The Icon in this year’s game.
Now if WWE could only make the dream match happen in real life.
MyCareer Gets a WWE Makeover
One of the reasons the NBA 2K series has been such a hit with the fans is the MyCareer mode, and the people at 2K Sports made sure the WWE Universe got a career mode as well in WWE 2K15.
According to Vince Ingenito of IGN, there aren’t many details available, but WWE 2K15 will mimic the basketball series’ MyCareer mode and will only be available for next-gen consoles:
This mode has been lifted from NBA 2K14 and adapted to the WWE environment. While I didn't think the mode had the right synergy with the NBA, the WWE seems like a logical place to apply it. Imagine replacing all those cheese-ball, amateur hour characters and cutscenes with authentically voiced and mo-capped WWE Superstars. You get the picture. Exact details of the mode are still forthcoming, but we do know that it will be on the current-gen version only. Sorry, 360/PS3 stalwarts.
This is a devastating blow to fans who have yet to upgrade to a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.
While those gamers who already made the transition will be rewarded with different modes and better graphics (we’ll get to that later), those of us stuck in the Stone Age will be forced to settle for the 2K Showcase mode.
Built around legendary feuds from the past, this mode will be available for all consoles and will feature battles that bring the memories flooding back. Maybe all the nostalgia will help certain gamers forget MyCareer mode wasn’t included.
Holy Visual! Next-Gen Consoles Get Major Upgrades
For those with next-gen consoles, prepare to be spoiled with the visual upgrades. Even if you have never played a WWE video game in your life, it’s easy to see from the tweet John Cena sent out that the graphics are incredible:
Just look at that image for a moment. From Cena’s perfectly replicated face to the detail of his body to the tattoos on Randy Orton’s barely visible arm to the detail of the stage behind them, this is an impressive rendering.
The key was the partnership between Yukes and Visual Concepts. In the report from Ingenito, "Over 50 days worth of motion capture sessions went on at 2K's state-of-the-art mo-cap facility, where WWE Superstars spent hours getting their signature moves digitally recreated. All told, WWE 2K15 features five times (FIVE TIMES! FIVE TIMES!) the animation data of 2K14.”
A whole year to develop the game the way the company is accustomed to has been pivotal for 2K Sports, and the fans should be rewarded for the company's hard work. The visual improvements are amazing, and the likely gameplay upgrades around it will make the game easier to enjoy.
Add in the improved commentary with over four times as many lines, and there is little doubt that WWE 2K15 will be one of the best wrestling games in history.
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