All signs point to CM Punk not returning to wrestling anytime soon, but WWE fans will have the chance to use his character in the WWE 2K15 game as part of the new 2K Showcase mode, according to a press release from 2K Sports.
2K Sports released the following image of Punk's inclusion in the game:
Punk left the WWE the night after the 2014 Royal Rumble and has not returned since. His contract reportedly ran out in mid-July, per Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, and the former WWE champion has been moved to the company’s alumni page.
After his profile was moved on WWE.com, Punk thanked the fans for the years of support via Twitter (Note: language in tweet NSFW):
Many gamers were concerned that Punk would not be included on the roster due to his abrupt departure from the WWE, but his involvement in one of the long-term storyline modes ensures that gamers will have the ability to utilize Punk this year.
2K marketing vice president Chris Snyder commented in a press release on the feuds highlighted by Showcase mode, including John Cena vs. Punk:
The moment Triple H ended his longtime friendship with ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ by slamming him with a Pedigree was a defining moment in WWE history. No fan can deny the fierce competition marking the notorious battles waged between Cena and Punk. These two rivalries are firmly etched in WWE history, and 2K Showcase enables fans to take part in those memorable experiences.
With or without Punk, though, 2K Showcase mode looks like a great addition to the series.
2K Showcase mode is the single-player storyline option in this year’s game. Players follow along with two of the most memorable feuds in history as 2K Sports recreates the battles using WWE footage and exciting gameplay to complement each other.
The two feuds highlighted will be Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels from 2002 to 2004 and Cena vs. Punk from 2011 to 2013. According to the press release, there are 33 total matches in the mode and unlockables that can be opened by achieving historical objectives.
Punk was one of the top stars in the business when he walked away in January. While there have been many fans who turned their back on him for quitting on them, he has became even more of an anti-authority figure to others.
Regardless of one's feelings on Punk and the way his time with WWE ended, he is still one of the best wrestlers in the business and incredibly interesting on the mic.
Whether it’s a feud with Cena in 2K Showcase mode or a dream angle gamers create using this year’s roster, Punk’s inclusion in WWE 2K15 is a welcome sight for most fans who will purchase the game.
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