First Details on WWE 2K15 Story Modes Revealed
2K recently revealed the first details on two of the major modes in this year’s edition of their WWE game. WWE 2K15 will feature a main story mode called “2K Showcase” and they will also bring a WWE version of the popular “My Career” mode over from the NBA 2K franchise as well.
Let’s start with 2K Showcase, instead of going over huge eras of WWE like we’ve seen in the past two WWE games (Attitude Era mode and 30 Years of Wrestlemania respectively.) 2K wants to bring things down to a personal level, while not also going back to the “Road to Wrestlemania” type stories of the past. 2K has chosen to take two historic WWE rivalries, think Austin vs. Rock or Hogan vs. Savage, and give you a longer story arc. Sort of like a truncated version of the week to week minutia of the feud. However, 2K has yet to reveal which two rivalries they have chosen, or if perhaps they could add more via DLC, which would be a fantastic way to add more variety to DLC, then just getting more wrestlers or divas.
Nothing specific has been revealed about the WWE version of “My Career” mode just yet. We do know it should follow a similar path to what occurs in the NBA 2K games. The player would create a character and then begin in WWE’s developmental brand NXT. Through winning matches and completing goals given to you by “The Authority” or perhaps even Vince McMahon himself, you would eventually gain a call-up to WWE. I would hope that the player will be given plenty of choices and options as to how long or short they want their stay in NXT to be, because that is a part of the NBA 2K career mode that is severely lacking. You basically play one game in NBA 2K and you get drafted. Considering that the WWE’s call-up system is a lot more complex, it would make sense for WWE’s career mode to follow the same protocol.
However, there is one important thing to note, the WWE “my career” mode will not be available to gamers who only own a Xbox 360 or PS3. This mode is exclusive to the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game.
I’ll be honest, I cried foul about that announcement at first, but if you aren’t going to pull what Ubisoft is doing with Assassin’s Creed, you have to give people an incentive to buy the next-gen version of the game, besides just pretty graphics.
From the one screenshot revealed so far, the PS4 and Xbox One versions look to be shaping up nicely. Aside from just upgrading pixel counts, 2K has spent 50 hours motion capturing all of the WWE Superstars finishers and signature moves, which comes down to five times more animation data than what was in WWE 2K14 last year. 2K has also spruced up the commentary for this year as well. They have recorded four more hours of lines to help alleviate some of the repetition seen in previous WWE games. Although, I’m sure much of that has to do with the career mode probably being pretty lengthy too.
WWE 2K15 releases on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, & PS3 on October 28, 2014. We will have more information in the coming days and weeks.
Source: IGN First