WWE 2K15 Next Gen First Look, New Special Edition and Game Modes revealed

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With the game’s October release date now edging ever closer, we are finally getting more and more information about the latest incarnation in the WWE gaming franchise, WWE 2K15!

The first piece of news came not from 2K Sports, not from the WWE, nor from a gaming website, but from the cover star of the game, John Cena. Cena tweeted out the first look at himself from the game on a next gen platform. Whilst it is not clear which of the next generation consoles the screen shot is from, the shot features Cena seemingly squaring off again fellow superstar Randy Orton and also shows that the promise of better character models look to be fairly accurate.

The next set of news came from gaming website ign.com who as part of their month long set of ign first reveals about the game, have announced that PS4 and Xbox One owners will be able to get hold of a special Hulkamania collector’s edition of the game. Limited to 25,000 copies the edition is a marked step up from previous collector’s editions as it actually boasts some generally cool collectables. So what will you get if you pre-order this version and pay the hefty $99 (£58.74 approx) price tag? Well you get the following:

  • A copy of the game
  • Premium packaging
  • Collectible art card hand-signed by Hulk Hogan (Hogan did reveal in an interview earlier this year that he has genuinely signed all of them)
  • Exclusive Funko “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan vinyl figure
  • An actual piece of the ring canvas from Hogan’s Monday Night Raw appearance on March 10th, 2014
  • Two playable pre-order launch exclusive Hulk Hogan characters
  • Two playable pre-order launch exclusive Sting characters

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This is an impressive edition of the game and it certainly looks like 2K Games are truly trying to make their stamp on the franchise. However it is a shame that this is only limited to certain consoles and as such could alienate those loyal to the franchise who are not yet able to afford a next gen console.

The final pieces of news (courtesy once again of ign), are the ones that the fans have been wanting to know more about for some time and that is the actual game modes. The first mode that has been revealed is that of the 2K Showcase mode. This campaign mode is described as focusing in depth on two classic rivalries, allowing gamers to thus engage in a more personal storyline based on the yet unknown characters. The showcase mode will also be broken up into what is described as two episodes, with each one focusing on a different rivalry from the company’s storied past. Whilst it has not been confirmed what rivalries we will be getting, the recent announcement of Sting as a pre-order DLC could mean that one of the two episodes might feature him in some way. Could it even be the Monday Nights Wars?

WWE-2K15_Cole-and-King-Commentary-630x354The title will also feature a career mode that looks set to allow the player to guide their created character from humble beginnings to championship glory and immortality. Based on the mode available in another 2K games franchise, NBA 2K14, this version has been adapted to suit the WWE landscape. However, this mode is only available to owners of next generation consoles. Again little information is available on how the mechanics of this mode will actually function, but it must be something extraordinary if it is not available on the other console versions.

It is not all doom and gloom as all versions of the game will include over 50 days of top quality motion capture featuring those of the WWE’s roster who made it in to the game. All versions will also have five times the animation data of WWE 2K14. Finally there is the commentary team of Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler (no JBL though apparently, boooo) and they have recorded over four times as many lines of commentary for the game than they did last year.

So there we have it, an interesting barrage of news about the game. The features unique to next gen console owners may anger those that have not yet upgraded. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of news about the title. We would not be surprised to see exclusives for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions announced in the coming weeks.

WWE 2K15 is released on October 28th 2014 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3.

Sources: ign | John Cena on Twitter

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2 Comments

  1. Claire Courtney TheGrannyhammer says:

    Unimpressed Cena, looks very unimpressed!

  2. […] we last reported about WWE 2K15 we discussed the news regarding the announcement of the story mode, known in the game as 2K […]

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