During this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, game publisher 2K and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced the first six characters for the “WWE 2K16” game coming out in October. Previous reports said the game will have the largest roster of any WWE game, with a mixture of modern-day superstars, legends, divas and members of the NXT brand.
The six characters confirmed for "WWE 2K16" are Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Paige, Finn Balor, Bad News Barret and current WWE world heavyweight champion Seth Rollins. Character art for each was revealed on the official site of the WWE, though these shots do not officially confirm the character’s attire for the game, as has been the case with most WWE games.
A notable standout is Finn Balor, currently one of the most popular superstars in WWE’s development brand NXT who even managed to be featured on Nerdist. This could be a sign of NXT having a bigger presence in “WWE 2K16,” since Balor ended up being one of the first characters to be announced for the game. Hopefully, other superstars like Hideo Itami, Tyler Breeze and Kevin Owens will be added to the game.
Paige’s presence is also worth mentioning, as the “Anti-Diva” was previously a Season Pass exclusive character in “WWE 2K15.” The British superstar’s popularity has since grown, resulted in her role in the “Total Divas” reality show and multiple incarnations in the “WWE Immortals” mobile game. Other divas who may be added include Rosa Mendes and NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks, both of whom have confirmed facial and body scans for the game.
Fans will also be happy to see Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in their modern attire, as “WWE 2K15” still had them wearing their Shield attire due to the timing of their face scanning for the game. While players could change their clothes with the game’s comprehensive “Superstar Studio,” players couldn’t add their new music to the game, as in previous years, so they either kept the Shield theme for Rollins and Ambrose or ended up choosing generic rock songs for their entrances.
“WWE 2K16” will be available in October for the Sony PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Xbox One and Xbox 360. Fans can pre-order the game now from GameStop, though no pre-order bonus has been announced.