A features list for the upcoming WWE 2K16 made the rounds today dropping a number for the largest roster in WWE games history. There will be over 120 unique playable characters, more than double WWE 2K15’s roster of 60. This includes wrestlers from multiple areas, notable WWE Hall of Famers, and yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator in a special preorder bonus.
The playable modes remain fairly consistent from last year with 2K Showcase, MyCareer, and WWE Universe making their return. 2K Showcase is the historical story mode enabling players to relive iconic matches and complete objectives for unlockable content such as legendary wrestlers and entrance attire. MyCareer looks to build on the poorly received Career mode of WWE 2K15 where players fought their way to the top of the roster for championship gold, promising that players ‘will train, compete against others, conduct personality-driven interviews, interfere with rivals and/or form the ultimate tag team.’ WWE Universe allows wrestlers to be assigned to multiple shows and makes core improvements to stories, rivals and match card selections. It was also stated online has been ‘completely overhauled based on fan feedback, WWE 2K16 will provide users with multiple ways to play online with the WWE Games community, including an improved matchmaking system.’
But wait, there’s more!
The Creation Suite has received an update, adding new the ability to create Divas, championships, arenas, and shows. Gameplay-wise WWE 2K16 will have a new reversal system that only allows a limited number of reversals before needing to recharge, ‘meaning players might not want to simply try and reverse every attack.’ This could indicate a new element has been added requiring the use of reversals at the right time by rewarding those who know when to take a blow. Cheating pinfalls and rope breaks are back, but the referee’s behavior is less rigid and predictable. There’s no guarantee what he’s going to see during a match.
The little things are important too. As well as the graphical improvements like sweat and hair physics (oh we love our hair physics at TechRaptor), wrestling commentators Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and John “Bradshaw” Layfield were locked in a closet and told they couldn’t come out till they’d recorded thousands of new lines side by side to ensure authentic interactions between the trio.
Sadly there is no mention of a PC version. WWE 2K15 was released on PC five months after console versions and it isn’t yet clear if WWE 2K16 plans to follow suit. At one point WWE 2K16 for the PC was listed on the 2K website but it has since been removed. Visual evidence can be found on Smacktalks Youtube Video (1.23 minute mark).
WWE 2K16 is scheduled to release on October 27th 2015 in America and October 30th 2015 internationally for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
I wasn’t happy with WWE 2K15 and wrote a review to exorcise my dissatisfaction, because when it comes crashing down and it hurts inside, you’ve gotta take a stand, it don’t help to hide. I was still hopeful for the future of the franchise. The modes, which were my main issue, have been beefed up since. The career mode in particular sounds very intriguing. I reiterate that I’d like to see WWE 2K16 come to PC, though I worry about the likelihood if the Steamspy numbers are anything to go by.