WWE and game publisher 2K shocked the world when both companies announced that the Terminator would be the preorder bonus for the upcoming “WWE 2K16.” While neither company has released any in-game images or videos of the character, a trailer was released featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as the T-800 and re-creating a famous scene from “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” with several WWE superstars.
The WWE superstars seen in the trailer are the ones who have already been confirmed for the game like Dean Ambrose, Paige, Daniel Bryan and the current NXT Champion Finn Balor. “Total Divas” star Eva Marie is also in the video; she had also stated previously that she would be a playable character in the game.
Interestingly enough, what the new “WWE 2K16” trailer doesn’t show is the fact that there will be two versions of the T-800 in the game. According to an article from IGN UK, those who preorder the game will gain access to the villainous T-800 from the first “Terminator” film and the benevolent version from “Terminator 2.” It seems like the first T-800 will be a Heel, while the second one will be a Face.
Though the news caught many off-guard, it should be noted that Schwarzenegger has had plenty of history with the WWE. He made appearances on the company’s “Smackdown!” show in the 1990s and most recently appeared in Triple H’s Terminator-themed entrance for “Wrestlemania 31.” A press release from the WWE also stated that the former California governor is also a big fan of the product, which probably explains his past appearances for the company.
Schwarznegger isn’t the first celebrity that has been featured as a preorder bonus for a WWE game. Boxing champion Mike Tyson also became a part of the roster as a preorder bonus for “WWE 13.” However, this is the first time a movie character will become a playable superstar in a WWE game, so it should be interesting to see what the T-800 can do in the ring against the other wrestlers.
“WWE 2K16” is slated for an Oct. 27 release for North America and will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game will then be available internationally on Oct. 30. The game will reportedly have the biggest roster ever seen in a WWE game, with 120 unique character models, excluding future downloadable content. Both versions of the T-800 will be available exclusively to those who preorder "WWE 2K16" from retailers such as Gamestop, Amazon, or any other major retailer accepting preorders.