LOS ANGELES -- On Saturday at Club Nokia, WWE and 2K sports held a special SummerSlam interactive panel to discuss the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game. The panel featured Roman Reigns, Cesaro, Sheamus, John Cena, Hulk Hogan and Sting and was hosted by Stone Cold Steve Austin and Renee Young. (For the record, if crowd response is any indication, Steve Austin is still a bigger star than John Cena, Hulk Hogan and Sting.)
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The panel featured an extended fan Q&A, but was a showcase for hyping the first wrestling game for the Playstation 4 and XBox One. As promised, the event (which featured nearly as many plugs for WWE Network as it did for the video game) centered around a reveal of the full roster for WWE 2K15. Hogan talked about the difficulties of signing 25,000 cards for the special "Hulkamania" edition of the game, and Sting helped fuel further Internet speculation by talking about how the game will allow him to realize his "dream" of wrestling the Undertaker. Austin asked Sting if he'll ever compete in a WWE ring. Rather than give an answer, Sting asked the crowd whether he should, then demurred, "I would like to find out [what a WWE ring is like]."
Other tidbits of news included Cesaro announcing that he will be the face and "go-to guy" for marketing the game in Europe and that he personally did the motion capture for his signature moves: the Neutralizer, the giant swing and his European uppercuts.
In addition to the previously-revealed inclusion of John Cena, Randy Orton, Cesaro, two versions of Hulk Hogan, two versions of Sting, CM Punk, Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Goldust, the following names were announced as being included in the game:
- Bray Wyatt- Roman Reigns- Chris Jericho- Dolph Ziggler- Fandango- Sheamus- The Big Show- Damien Sandow- Brock Lesnar- Dean Ambrose- Batista- Jey Uso- Jimmy Uso- AJ Lee- Big E- Jack Swagger- Tyson Kidd- Darren Young- Rey Mysterio- Nikki Bella- Brie Bella- Titus O'Neil- The Rock- Seth Rollins- Kofi Kingston- R-Truth- Justin Gabriel- Naomi- Daniel Bryan- Xavier Woods- The Miz- Tamina- Rob Van Dam- Stone Cold Steve Austin- Erick Rowan- Luke Harper- Undertaker
Of course, more DLC will be added to the game after its release, as is standard. It is worth noting that the panel reveal did specifically note CM Punk (who is no longer with the company) will be included, showing a full-screen picture of him and playing "Cult of Personality" while announcing his name to a big ovation.
The game will be released in the United States on Oct. 28 and will be available internationally on Oct. 31.
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