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WWE 2K15 is getting a NBA facelift thanks to 2K’s tech

Above: Hulkamania is still running wild.

Image Credit: 2K

Ask any fan what they’d like to see improved in the WWE games, and pretty much all of them will beg for better graphics.

You see, developer Yukes has nailed down the controls and gameplay for its yearly installments of digital wrestling, but while other sports games (yes, I’m calling professional wrestling a sport) feature nearly life-like character models, the WWE series’ athletes have looked like an alien’s interpretation of the real thing — if said alien was trying to clone each wrestler based off of the description of a 5 year old.

Thankfully, WWE 2K15 will finally remedy this problem, and it doesn’t have to look far for the solution. Another 2K sports franchise, NBA 2K, uses an advanced head-scanning technology to make its in-game models look as close to the real thing as possible (as shown in the tech demo below). WWE 2K15, the first in the series to hit new-gen consoles, will now use the same technology.

THQ actually owned the publishing rights to the series until the publisher went bankrupt in late 2012. Last year’s WWE 2K14 was the first one that 2K published. It kept most of the gameplay and graphics from previous versions, so the transition was pretty much unnoticeable. Now we’re finally seeing the benefits of 2K’s acquisition of the WWE franchise.

2K gave me a peek of the new model for WWE superstar John Cena. Unfortunately, I can’t show you what I saw, but it was a huge improvement on the model from last year’s entry. Every facial feature, down to the last dimple, is clearly visible. It looks much more like the actual Cena than some scary action figure brought to life, and 2K said that the model I saw wasn’t even final.

WWE 2K14

Above: The models from last year’s WWE 2K14 are getting a big upgrade.

Image Credit: 2K

2K told me that it already has most of the roster scanned, and I even saw a picture or WWE legend Hulk Hogan going through the process. It’s incredibly comforting to know that the series’ Xbox One and PlayStation 4 debut will actually represent a huge graphical improvement for the franchise.

WWE 2K 15 comes out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on Oct. 28.

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6 comments
rob dave
rob dave

"Ask any fan what they’d like to see improved in the WWE games, and pretty much all of them will beg for better graphics."

Um... no. We want more match types like battle royals where you can actually leave the ring and use weapons, proper survivor series matches, no glitches or bugs, a monday night wars theme with the wrestlers to go with it and better game play. 

Mat Lopez
Mat Lopez

I thought most of the faces in previous games were good. Some were kind of funky looking though.

Billy DaKidd
Billy DaKidd

just want a real survivor series match, nxt guys, current roster, 2 dozen more tag moves, cut scenes actually working, and Lance Storm's Maple Leaf submission.  Is that too much to ask?  Also, please no AKI engine; that things more outdated than yukes' one.

Michael Ajibade
Michael Ajibade

I am just waiting for the day when 2K games acquires the rights to use the AKI engine.  Till then, wrestling games will remain subpar.

Coby Leist
Coby Leist

I agree with the other dude. The gameplay has been pretty bad. I would take gameplay over graphics any day of the week.

Kah Riss
Kah Riss

The first 2 sentences are complete bullshit.  The gameplay has also been fucked up for a while now, not just graphics.

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