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2K Sports officially announced Tuesday the next WWE video game franchise and Bill Goldberg as the lead playable character.
“WWE 2k17” is due out in October and Goldberg will “make his virtual return to WWE” in the next video game.
Goldberg’s WCW and WWE characters will be available with pre-sale orders of the video game. 2K Sports will also release playable arenas WCW Nitro and Halloween Havoc as bonus content for pre-orders for Playstation 4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.
“After 12 years away from the business, I’m incredibly honored to work with WWE and 2K while following in the footsteps of such greats as Ultimate Warrior, Sting, and Arnold Schwarzenegger,” said Goldberg in a press release. (Goldberg commented on the honor to IGN.com.)
““My son was a big part of this coming together, and I can’t wait for him to see his dad kicking ass in a WWE ring through the magic of video games. I encountered the likes of The Rock, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, and Ric Flair during my WWE career, and now through WWE 2K17, I’ll be taking on the biggest and baddest Superstars of today – showing them once and for all that I am still ‘Da Man!’”
“Goldberg’s return to WWE action through two WWE 2K17 playable characters, along with the WCW Monday Nitro and Halloween Havoc arenas, collectively delivers a unique opportunity to experience one of WWE’s true living legends,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing at 2K. “Fans can now relive many of their favorite Goldberg moments, as well as create brand new ones, as they decide ‘Who’s Next?’ in the virtual ring.”
The next WWE franchise video game was developed collaboratively by Yuke’s and Visual Concepts, a 2K studio. For more information on the video game, visit 2K.com.
…sooo…. is anyone else going to comment on the Suplex City Reflection in the preview?
I remember reading that 2K wasn’t thrilled with the last two versions of the game, and that they were doing a reboot of the franchise ‘in house’ this year. However, it seems that Yuke’s is still involved, and the promo pic looks a lot like the shots from the past three versions. Goldberg was just in 2K14 (the last good version for 360) if my memory serves me correctly, so he’s really not a selling point if they are choosing to run with the same engine. As it stood this past year the 360 version was absolutely nothing but a roster update, and the XBone version was an improvement, and yet still not hitting on all cylinders like they were in 2K14. They need to bring ‘create a story’ mode back, that’s what gave the game legs.