It's Official: The Ultimate Warrior Is Gonna Tear Up WWE 2K14

Rumoured last week when an ad appeared in WWE magazine, it's now official: The Ultimate Warrior will be making his first-ever appearance in the 13-year run of what is now called WWE 2K14. The catch is he's only being offered -- for now one guesses -- as a preorder incentive.

2K Sports invited Warrior (that is his legally changed name) over to celebrate the news by trashing their offices, or so the story goes in this promotional video. (I was looking; didn't recognise anyone I knew.) Warrior also makes a coy reference to the long, long, long-running rumors he actually died back in 1991. It's worth watching just to see him backhand the guy with the game case. I think he really does make contact.

Anyway, The Ultimate Warrior's appearance is significant for another reason. It's a sign 2K Sports isn't just going to watch the clock and be the caretaker of a series it picked up from THQ's firesale back in January. Lots of wrestling fans have been waiting to see this guy for a long time (he did appear in THQ's Legends of Wrestlemania, and WWE All-Stars, but both are arcade-style fighters.) I don't like it that he's a pre-order incentive only -- 2K Sports was once steadfastly against DLC, but has pushed into this realm of late. At least it's not a retailer-specific incentive.

WWE 2K14 is out October 29.


Comments

    Not sure how many people actually care about the Ultimate Warrior being in the game. I’m normally someone who gets the sh*ts bad when things are made “exclusives” but I couldn’t care less about this.

    The Warrior hasn’t been relevant for over 20 years and pre-dates the wrestling boom which the bulk of lapsed wrestling fans might still buy the game for (as someone who stopped watching wrestling years ago last year’s Attitude Mode was AWESOME).
    Not saying for a second it’s a bad thing that he’s in, just that this game is out in 10 weeks and his inclusion is the only “new” thing I’m aware of.

    I get the strong impression that 2k are just going to phone this one in and we’ll get a fully fledged ‘2k’ game next year. That’s good. I’ve always thought wrestling games have the potential to be some of the best multiplayer games and while good, THQ had been working to the same formula for over a decade.

      64 games were the best by far.

      He's been in other throwback games over the years so it's not like we've never had a chance to use him.... just not in a certain franchise... big deal. I'm sure if you go back they gave you all the tools to create his character anyway. Overall it's a 3/10 incentive to preorder but they're hyping it way hard.

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