WWE superstars discuss the leap to next gen gaming

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After sitting out last year, 2K has entered the next generation gaming ring with "WWE 2K15" for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Developed by Yuke's and Visual Concepts, the game brings a television-style high-definition presentation to virtual wrestling. The next gen game includes exclusive features not available on the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, including MyCareer mode.

In MyCareer, players begin their journey at the WWE Performance Center, where they are mentored by the facility's head trainer, Bill DeMott. Players go on to compete on NXT, where they encounter a roster of current and future WWE Superstars, including Rusev, Bo Dallas, Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn and Corey Graves. After battling at NXT, players move up to WWE's main roster to compete for the ultimate goal of winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

"I think that's the game changer this year for 2K," said cover athlete John Cena. "'2K15' is real and that's what everyone has been waiting for. Everybody enjoys WWE games and gameplay and has been waiting for the game to catch up to everything else. 2K has such a reputation of taking a franchise and being able to digitally, virtually make it real. They've done that with this game, and it's just awesome."

The next gen games feature a new chain wrestling integration, strategic strike attacks, a new stamina mechanic and an updated on-screen display reflecting a player's health, momentum and stamina dramatically change the gameplay experience. New proprietary facial and body scanning technology present highly realistic WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends, while WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler and WWE commentator Michael Cole call the action through refined commentary that exceeds five times the number of recorded lines versus any prior year. There's also brand new performance-captured animation that WWE superstars helped out with in an authentic ring.

"You get in this very tight suit -- which I of course look great in -- that have all those motion capture sensor points over it and you go in the ring and perform your moves on a dummy or another person," said WWE Superstar Antonio Cesaro. "Once you see that come to life in a video game, all that hard work is well worth it. I was there for about a day working non-stop and it was just a great experience. And it's even better now that I know how it turned out."

"WWE 2K15" offers the return of several fan-favorite modes, including Creation Suite and Universe Mode. There's also a new single-player, story-driven 2K Showcase mode, which allows fans to two WWE rivalries -- Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels (2002-2004) and John Cena vs. CM Punk (2011-2013) -- through 33 distinct matches. Three additional 2K Showcase storylines will be available through the Season Pass Program, including the rivalry between Randy Orton and Christian in 2011, top matches for WWE Superstar Mark Henry and the career of WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior.

"The game's unbelievable," said WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan. "It literally blows my mind; like my mind explodes when I see it because it's so realistic. Everything that I do in the game is exactly how I do it, from the top rope dropkick to the "Yes lock," where I drop right to my hip when I do it. And very few guys can do that."

Bryan, Cena and Cesaro are joined by a huge roster of current wrestling stars like Undertaker, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns and legends like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Hulk Hogan and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

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