Last week, per Vince Ingenito of IGN, we found out that WWE 2K15 would include the My Career mode that 2K Sports has popularized in their mega-successful NBA 2K series. That news was music to the ears of many fans of WWE games, but the single-player campaign mode called 2K Showcase was also an intriguing addition.
On Thursday, 2K Sports organized a media conference call to announce the details of the mode. During that call, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels aka The Heartbreak Kid was on the line to discuss the mode and answer questions in a Q&A session.
Why was Michaels tabbed to speak on 2K Showcase? Because he is one of the primary focuses of the mode. As we learned last week, the mode will chronicle historic feuds between the most iconic Superstars in the history of the WWE.
Michaels certainly qualifies, and thus his long-standing feud with Triple H is one of the rivalries gamers will get an opportunity to experience again through playing the game.
This feud spanned two years of WWE programming, so it will be interesting to see how the game covers so much ground. Considering 2K Showcase will utilize footage from episodes of Monday Night Raw, Smackdown and pay-per-views, the coverage should be extensive.
The other rivalry might come as a bit of surprise considering the current relationship between two of the participants. It's none other than C.M. Punk vs. John Cena.
Punk left the WWE in January, but he was still under contract. Subsequently, his inclusion in WWE 2K15 was feasible, even though there were doubts as to whether he'd be a part of the roster.
Quite obviously, now he will be.
Fans who have been pining for Punk's return to the real WWE ring will have to settle for virtual Punk in WWE 2K15.
The 2K Showcase mode will function similar to the way the Attitude Era and 30 Years of WrestleMania modes did in the previous two WWE games. Using a combination of real WWE footage, and the superlative in-game visuals, the stories of these two epic rivalries will be retold.
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By playing through these modes, gamers will be able to unlock Superstars, championships and alternate attires. During the conference call, executive producer Mark Little promised mounds of content and a total of 33 matches for gamers to play through over the course of both rivalries combined.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the news about the new mode was that new feuds and rivalries would be added as downloadable content after release. This could potentially add unprecedented replay value for a series that only offered additional Superstars, moves, arenas and attires after release in previous versions.
No details were confirmed about the rivalries that could be added via DLC, but Michaels did discuss his feuds with The Undertaker and Chris Jericho on the call. Those rivalries would be cool to explore, though gamers may not want a double dose of Michaels.
HBK was gracious in answering all questions and he spoke about his involvement in the head-scanning process.
As you can see from the image of Cena and Randy Orton below, 2K Sports went through great lengths to scan in the faces of the Superstars set to appear in the game.
Randy Orton and John Cena in WWE 2K15 pic.twitter.com/evyE0tMmZY— Operation Sports (@operationsports) August 8, 2014
The commitment to authenticity was so intense that 2K sent developers and artists to Michaels' home in Texas to conduct his face scanning. Michaels said this during the call: "In all my years of professional wrestling, I'd never been in front of more cameras at once."
Obviously, he was joking, but one look at the gear used to capture his face shows what he was referring to.
If Michaels' render comes through as accurate as Cena and Orton's, the feuds in the 2K Showcase should hit the mark from a visual standpoint.
As we await more information about future modes, the anticipation for the first WWE release on current-generation consoles mounts.
Stay tuned for updates leading to the official release of WWE 2K15 on October 28 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
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