The first screenshot for the next yearly edition of the biggest (and, well, only) major wrestling videogame franchise has hit the internet, and it came from a potentially surprising source.
That source? The WWE champ himself, John Cena. (Feel free to break out into “Let’s go Cena!” or “Cena sucks!” chants as you read this.) Cena tweeted the screenshot of himself from the game, saying, “Normally #YouCantSeeMe, but here’s a look at yours truly in @wwegames #WWE2K15!”
Also in the screenshot is fellow WWE superstar Randy Orton, but as should always be the case, Randy is just a blurry foreground afterthought.
There’s been a lot of legitimate ridicule thrown at the visual quality of past WWE games when they were under THQ’s control. Compared to what else is out there in both wrestling and non-wrestling terms, the games’ characters models have been pretty atrocious. Many hoped that 2K and Visual Concepts stepping into the picture would help give the series some much-needed polish, and while one screenshot alone doesn’t tell the entire tale, it thankfully looks like that might be the case.
Cena’s character model still doesn’t look as good as it could, but I think that’ll need to come at a point when Visual Concepts / 2K can hopefully move the franchise over to their own in-house engine and away from Yukes. But, again, let me be fair—this is already looking far better than what we’ve received before, so thank heavens for that.
Also revealed today as part of IGN’s special August WWE 2K15 cover story is the announcement of the WWE 2K15 Hulkamania Edition. Coming in at $99.95, this version of the game will get you:
- WWE 2K15
- Exclusive premium packaging
- Exclusive collectable art card autographed by Hulk Hogan
- Exclusive Funko “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan vinyl figure
- Exclusive piece of authentic ring canvas from Hulk Hogan’s Monday Night Raw appearance
- Two pre-order launch exclusive playable Hulk Hogan characters
- Two pre-order launch exclusive playable Sting characters
WWE 2K15 Hulkamania Edition can be pre-ordered at all of your favorite retailers. WWE 2K15 hits the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360 on October 28th in North America and October 31st internationally.