WWE 2K15 Blowout
Quite a bit has happened since the last time we talked about WWE 2K15.
First up is the announcement of WWE 2K15‘s Downloadable Content program: “The content offering will include three new storylines playable in 2K Showcase, the game’s story-driven, single-player campaign, as well as access to new moves and a wealth of playable WWE, WCW, and NXT Superstars. In addition, WWE Diva Paige will be available as an exclusive playable character for those who purchase the game’s Season Pass.” The individual content packages will start being released in 2014 with others coming in 2015.
“Having grown up playing WWE games, it’s an honor to be included in WWE 2K15,” said Paige. “Fans will not want to miss out on my debut, as well as the new stories featured through 2K Showcase.”
So, what’s on offer? Glad you asked:
The WWE 2K15 downloadable content program is scheduled to include the following items and be available for purchase on the PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 systems, as well as Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft for Xbox One and Xbox 360:
- Players will gain instant access to all unlockable content available in the game (excluding downloadable content);
- The Accelerator will be available for a suggested price of $1.99.
2K Showcase: One More Match
- Story focused on the rivalry between WWE Superstars Randy Orton and Christian in 2011;
- Playable WWE Superstars: Christian, Randy Orton, Edge, Mark Henry and Sheamus;
- Playable arenas from 2011: SmackDown®, Extreme Rules®, Over the Limit® and Capitol Punishment®;
- 2K Showcase: One More Match will be available for a suggested price of $9.99.
2K Showcase: Hall of Pain
- Story focused on top matches for WWE Superstar Mark Henry;
- Playable WWE Superstars: Mark Henry, Big Show, Kane, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Sheamus, The Great Khali, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan and Ryback;
- Playable arenas: SmackDown (2011), Vengeance® (2011) and WrestleMania® 29;
- 2K Showcase: Hall of Pain will be available for a suggested price of $9.99.
2K Showcase: Path of the Warrior
- Story focused on the career of WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior;
- Playable WWE Hall of Famers: Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Sgt. Slaughter;
- Playable WWE Legends: Honky Tonk Man, Rick Rude, Macho King and Colonel Mustafa;
- Playable WWE Superstars: Undertaker and Hunter Hearst Helmsley;
- Access to WWE Hall of Fame ring announcer Howard Finkel and WWE managers Jimmy Hart, Bobby Heenan, Paul Bearer, Sherri, Sid Justice and General Adnan;
- Playable arenas: WrestleMania VI, VII and XII; SummerSlam® (1988, 1990 and 1991); Saturday Night’s Main Event XXIV and Madison Square Garden®;
- 2K Showcase: Path of the Warrior will be available for a suggested price of $9.99.
- Playable WCW Superstars: Fit Finlay, Lord Steven Regal, Bam Bam Bigelow, Diamond Dallas Page and Lex Luger;
- The WCW Pack will be available for a suggested price of $7.99.
- Playable NXT Superstars: JBL, Adam Rose and The Ascension (Konnor and Victor);
- Playable NXT Diva: Emma;
- NXT Arrival will be available for a suggested price of $6.99.
New Moves Pack
- Moves Pack: More than 30 new moves, including an alternate version of Sister Abigail (performed from the ring corner and made popular by Bray Wyatt) and Multiple Gut Wrenches (made popular by Cesaro);
- The New Moves Pack will be available for a suggested price of $3.99.
As for the Season Pass…
Players may purchase select WWE 2K15 downloadable content at a reduced price point through the game’s Season Pass program. For a one-time suggested purchase price of $24.99, a savings of more than 20 percent versus individual content purchases, players will receive the following items as they become available:
- Access to exclusive playable WWE Diva Paige;
- Accelerator (access to all unlockable content available in the game);
- Access to all three 2K Showcase stories (One More Match, Hall of Pain and Path of the Warrior).
In other WWE 2K15 news, 2K has announced that none other than John Cena has personally curated the soundtrack for the game, with the “companion soundtrack” available for pre-order on iTunes before its release at all digital retailers on Tuesday, October 21st. “Personally curated by cover Superstar and music enthusiast, John Cena, the soundtrack will feature 12 unique tracks from established and rising artists that transcend several music genres, including hip-hop, rock and country.”
“The WWE 2K15 companion soundtrack album also features two exclusive bonus tracks – “All Day” and “Breaks” – from Cena in collaboration with hip-hop magnate Wiz Khalifa,” and all pre-orders of the companion soundtrack album receive an instant download of both songs.
“As the WWE 2K15 cover Superstar, curating the in-game soundtrack and working with Wiz Khalifa were great opportunities to further the musical brand as we do across all WWE programming,” said John Cena. “Reaching across many genres of music to some of my friends and those who have worked with WWE, I truly believe that gamers will become avid listeners of these songs.”
“I have been a WWE fan since I was a kid, and getting to work with John Cena was an awesome experience,” said Wiz Khalifa. “I’m proud of this collaboration.”
The companion soundtrack contains the following tracks:
- Wiz Khalifa & John Cena – “All Day”**
- B.o.B – “Ready” (Feat. Future)
- Rudimental – “Free” (Feat. Emeli Sandé & Nas)
- Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”
- Flo Rida – “Wild Ones” (Feat. Sia) [WrestleMania 28 Version]
- Knife Party – “Bonfire”
- Big Smo – “Workin’” (Feat. Alexander King)
- Mystery Skulls – “Ghost”
- Royal Blood – “Come On Over”
- Wiz Khalifa & John Cena – “Breaks”**** Companion soundtrack exclusive
Additionally, the WWE 2K15 in-game soundtrack includes:
- Avenged Sevenfold – “This Means War”
- Dizzee Rascal – “Heart Of A Warrior” (Feat. Teddy Sky)
- Florida Georgia Line – “This Is How We Roll” (Feat. Luke Bryan)
- Rise Against – “Zero Visibility”
Finally, 2K has released the second episode of “The Making of WWE 2K15,” (I guess I missed the announcement of the first part) which– as the name implies– goes behind the scenes of the game’s development. “The second installment in the series, titled “The Game Has Changed,” features WWE Superstar Cesaro, along with NXT Superstars Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn, performing their signature moves in the motion capture ring. Complementing their efforts, Executive Producer Mark Little, Art Director Lynell Jinks and Senior Designer Bryan Williams discuss their vision for key gameplay changes, including controls, match pacing and camera positions.”
You can check both parts out here:
The ESRB has rated WWE 2K15 T for Teen, and the game is scheduled to be released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 28th, 2014 in North America and October 31st, 2014 internationally. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are currently scheduled for release on November 18th, 2014 in North America and November 21st, 2014 internationally. Fans who pre-order WWE 2K15 at any participating retailer will receive two playable Sting characters (classic and Crow) for free when the game launches.
Following last night’s airing of the roster reveal on WWE Network (it was recorded at SummerSlam, but still fun to watch if you missed the Twitch stream), 2K has released the first gameplay trailer for WWE 2K15.
For those wondering, that picture of Bray Wyatt above? Yes, that’s from the trailer.
Check it out here:
Incidentally, it’s never specified whether this is from the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version (coming October 28th) or the recently-delayed Xbox One/PlayStation 4 version (coming November 18th).
The second part of the roster reveal will air next Monday, September 29th, presumably after Monday Night Raw once again. 2K would also like to remind everyone that those who pre-order get an extra character in the form of the icon Sting, both in his classic neon and black-and-white Crow colors. That seems like a pretty good incentive to me, but then I find it hard to dislike Sting.
If you’re dying to step into the ring and electrify the millions (and millions) of WWE fans in the latest iteration of the long-running hit video game series… well, you just might have to wait a little bit longer.
2K recently announced that while the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of WWE 2K15, the first WWE game to be fully designed under the company’s watch after acquiring the brand from THQ, then the good news is that release is still on track for an October 28th, 2014 release in North America (with international releases coming on the 31st, for those interested). The next generation console versions for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, however, have been pushed back a few weeks until November 18th, 2014 (November 21st internationally).
“Visual Concepts and Yuke’s are committed to delivering the most authentic and action-packed WWE experience to date, including release for the very first time on next-generation consoles,” said Visual Concepts president Greg Thomas. “The additional development time enables our talented teams to ensure the WWE 2K15 next-gen experience fully meets our expectations.”
Interestingly enough, be it by intentional design or because they feel they can’t wait any longer than that, November 18th places the next-gen release square in the “big release” timeframe for video games, just ten days before the infamous “Black Friday” shopping day following Thanksgiving in the United States. So Brock Lesnar, John Cena, and Sting are going to be throwing down directly against some of the holidays’ biggest hitters, such as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Super Smash Bros., and more.
On a related note, 2K and WWE joined together to present a panel back in August to reveal the roster for the new title. Hosted by WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Canada’s own WWE broadcaster Renee Young (nee Paquette), the candid discussion was joined by WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan, WWE 2K15 cover Superstar John Cena, WWE Superstars Roman Reigns, Cesaro, and Sheamus, and the iconic competitor, Sting.
“In addition to the WWE 2K15 roster reveal,” says the press release, “panelists opened up to discuss a variety of topics, ranging from their thoughts on their likenesses in WWE 2K15 to comments on their career with WWE.”
Tonight, the panel will be presented immediately after WWE Monday Night Raw in the first of two 30-minute parts, with the second to air on Monday, September 29th, both on the WWE Network.