As the countdown to the next gen (or current gen, really) release of WWE 2K15 continues, 2K Sports and WWE continue releasing videos about the game, most recently with a look at the controls on PS4 and Xbox One versions.
2K Sports has released the latest in its “Making Of” series for WWE 2K15, which hits stores tomorrow in the United States for PS4 and Xbox One. While last year’s game focused on the history of WrestleMania – which was excellently done, by the way – this year’s game focuses on rivalries, John Cena v. CM Punk and Shawn Michaes v. Triple H.
WWE 2K15 will be coming to next-gen consoles, according to Take-Two Interactive’s president Karl Slatoff during yesterday’s earnings conference call.
“During fiscal 2015, consumers can look forward to exciting next-generation releases from our NBA 2K and WWE franchises as well as other unannounced titles that promise to raise the bar for excellence,” Slatoff said, adding that the company’s fiscal year ends March 31, 2015.
With WWE 2K14 releasing in October of 2013, it’s safe to assume that WWE 2K15 will launch in October of this year, although the PS4 and Xbox One releases could see a later date.
Bret “Hitman” Hart – the former WWE Champion who claims he created the ladder match, doesn’t think Triple H is in the Top 1000 wrestlers of all time, and credits himself with shaping “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s career – is unhappy about the 94 rating his character was given in the new WWE 2K14 video game.
He posted a photo of himself to his Instagram account earlier today along with the caption, “A 94 rating?”
If I thought Bret was humble enough to poke fun at himself, I would think he was being super meta and mocking his egomaniacal reputation.
But Bret Hart is too egomaniacal for that. You’ll be hard pressed to find a single interview in which Hart doesn’t put himself over. In his most recent interview on “The Steve Austin Show,” Hart calls himself an influence on the careers of pretty much every wrestler that competed after him.
I won’t discredit Bret Hart’s career, as he certainly had some great matches. He continually comes off as a bitter blowhard who thinks no one else is responsible for the success of wrestling.
As more time separates us from the “Montreal Screwjob,” Hart continues to look less like the victim and more like someone whose attitude and unwillingness to do business came back to bite him.
The first DLC pack for WWE 2K14 will be released on November 12, 2013. The nWo pack is available for $8.99 (or included with the season pass) and includes playable nWo-themed wrestlers Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Curt Hennig, Randy Savage, Syxx and Scott Steiner. The Giant is also available on November 12th free of charge.
With this news, 2K has released an entrance and finisher video of Kevin Nash, which is embedded above.
WWE 2K14 hit stores yesterday in North America and brought with it a new 30 Years of WrestleMania mode. I picked up my copy at around 2:00 ET and played for most of the day. Below are some initial quick impressions and I’ll have an in-depth review up once I’ve had some more time with the game.
• The gameplay is definitely improved from last year’s WWE 13. Even on normal difficulty, the computer opponent will put up a fight. I haven’t had a chance to pull off a new catch finisher yet, but it’s a nice addition.
• 30 Years of WrestleMania mode is awesome, especially if you’re a wrestling geek. The early ‘Manias have sort of a grainy look to them, complete with the old school graphics. 2K and Yukes have done a great job of recreating these WrestleMania moments with authenticity. I haven’t gone too far through it yet but I’m loving it at this point.
• The online issues that plagued WWE 13 seemed to make a triumphant return yesterday as the servers were inaccessible for about two hours, but 2K quickly addressed it. Once the servers were fixed, online mode worked like a charm. Navigating and downloading Community Creations, one of the biggest headaches of last year’s game due to server issues, was smooth and quick.
• There are a few weird (but not that major) glitches that I’ve noticed and I’m hopeful 2K Sports will address with a patch. First, occasionally during a title match (and maybe others but this is the one I’ve noticed most) the ring announcer will be gesturing and speaking during the intros, but there is no audio. This was especially awkward for my “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan v. Chris Jericho WCW Championship match in Universe Mode when they did the “big fight” intro.
A second glitch I noticed was a random YES! chant popping up during matches not involving Daniel Bryan. The first was in an exhibition bought between Razor Ramon and The Rock, and the second time in a Universe Mode match between The Rock and Randy Orton for the WWE Championship.
WWE and 2K Sports continue to release gameplay and entrance videos leading up to the October 29th arrival of WWE 2K14. Above is a collection of clips of Hulk Hogan taking on Andre the Giant, Ultimate Warrior and Sgt. Slaughter in 30 Years of WrestleMania mode. All the signature stuff is there: the big boot, the leg drop, “Hulking Up,” etc.
Judging from the video, the arenas look to be pretty authentic as well. For his match with Warrior at WrestleMania VI, you can make out the then-SkyDome roof.
We’re only six days away.
2K Sports has announced the planned Downloadable Content and anticipated release schedules for WWE 2K14. The announcement, in its entirety, is below:
Available for a suggested purchase cost of $1.99.
Customize the overall rankings and attributes levels of every WWE Superstar, Legend, and Diva in the game. Also unlocks every WWE Superstar, Legend, and Diva, including alternate attires and all arenas and championships in WWE 2K14.
Scheduled for release on launch day – October 29, 2013 in North America and November 1, 2013 internationally.
The Giant will be available free of charge!
Available for a suggested purchase cost of $8.99.
Playable New World Order-themed Superstars:
“Macho Man” Randy Savage
Scheduled for worldwide release in November 2013.
WWE SUPERSTARS AND MOVES PACK
Summer Rae will be available free of charge!
Available for a suggested purchase cost of $7.99.
Playable WWE Superstars and Divas:
Big E Langston
More than 30 new moves and taunts:
Koji Clutch, Soda Plunge, Black Widow, Leaping Tombstone Piledriver w/Pin Combo, Inverted DDT, Diving Headbutt, Explosive Dropkick, Elbow/Back Stabber Combo, Rope Flip Armdrag, Double Jump Body Splash, Two-Hand Chokeslam, Lil’ Jimmy, Shoulder Switch Powerslam, Zack Ryder Comeback, Alpamare Waterslide, Rope Hung Kick to Mid-Section, Package Piledriver, Burning Hammer, Butterfly Suplex Armbar, Corkscrew Shooting Star Press, Standing Shooting Star Press, Standing Corkscrew Moonsault, Springboard 450 Splash, Psycho Driver, Rebound Big Boot, Rebound Elbow Strike, Moonstomp, Billy Goat’s Curse, Pumphandle Neckbreaker, Suplex Backbreaker, KO, Hangman’s Facebuster, Cradle DDT, Powerbomb Lungblower, Wrist Lock Lariat
Scheduled for worldwide release in December 2013.
WWE LEGENDS AND CREATIONS PACK
Virgil will be available free of charge!
Available for a suggested purchase cost of $8.99.
Playable WWE Hall of Famers and Superstars:
“The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes
“Ravishing” Rick Rude
Jake “The Snake” Roberts
14 new Superstar Heads and models to utilize in Custom Superstar:
Alberto Del Rio, Antonio Cesaro, Batista, CM Punk (long hair), Daniel Bryan (clean cut), Dolph Ziggler, Goldberg, Kane (no mask), Mankind, Ryback, Sheamus, The Miz, Triple H (short hair), Undertaker (long hair)
Scheduled for worldwide release in January 2014.
WWE 2K14 SEASON PASS
Available for a one-time purchase cost of $19.99 (a savings of more than 25 percent versus individual content purchases).
Season Pass Program Exclusive “The Outsiders”-themed Superstars:
All content packs:
WWE Superstars and Moves Pack
WWE Legends and Creations Pack
Online Badges: More than 10 exclusive options
WWE 2K14 is available Tuesday, October 29th in the United States, with a pre-order bonus of the playable Ultimate Warrior.
WWE 2K14 looks to be an amazing game. With modes encapsulating 30 years of WrestleMania and the Undertaker’s streak, along with the great rosters and new customization options, it’s a must-buy. 2K Sports has been releasing videos of wrestler’s entrances and today the company dropped Ric Flair’s retro character entrance.
And it’s perfect.
Accompanying Flair to the ring is none other than Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig, just as he did during the most memorable parts of Flair’s first run in the then-WWF. The clip also shows Flair locking “Macho Man” Randy Savage in the Figure Four.
WWE 2K14 releases October 29th in the United States.
2K Sports has released a new “30 Years of WrestleMania” trailer, which showcases some of the matches included in the mode. The company has also confirmed the following matches for the mode, via its website.
• Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III
• Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage at WrestleMania III
• “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage at WrestleMania IV
• Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI
• Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania X
• The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania X-Seven
• Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock at WrestleMania X8
• Edge vs. Mick Foley at WrestleMania 22
• Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair at WrestleMania XXIV
• Triple H vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVIII
• The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII
I predicted all 11 of these matches being included in the mode. (#humblebrag) For the my predictions on all 45 matches, click here.