So the rumors were true! After Sting’s cryptic “07.14.14” tweet, the internet did what the internet does and generated wild rumors and potential scenarios, from Sting claiming the belt at SummerSlam to appearing in the new WWE 2K15 game. Looks like the latter was correct after this ominously awesome commercial aired last night during Raw:
Sting!!! So 2 generations of Sting are available when you pre-order, the early flat-top sporting neon-wearing version and the Crow homage version that dominated WCW during the 90s. As cool as having Sting involved in a WWE product is, it’s what is potentially occurring behind the scenes that is much more intriguing.
As evidenced by the return of his way-back pre-Sting former tag-team partner, the Ultimate Warrior last year, it potentially paves the way for long overdue, first-time Sting involvement in the WWE. Given the release of a new Sting shirt in the WWE Store last night, I’d say the possibility is fairly high.
With the WWE losing revenue over the WWE Network and story lines running flat, they could use a legend back in the house to generate a boost in ratings and if 2K fixes the awful graphics and gameplay that have long-plagued the WWE series then I’ll be buying.
The press release from 2K:
NEW YORK – 2K today announced the long-awaited debut of Sting in “WWE 2K15,” the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE video game franchise. Sting will be available for those who pre-order the game at any participating retailer for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, as well as the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems. “WWE 2K15” is currently scheduled for release on Oct. 28, 2014, in North America and Oct. 31, 2014, internationally.
One of the most popular and revered competitors in WCW history, Sting will be featured in “WWE 2K15” through two unique playable characters: the mysterious, ghost-like persona with trademark black-and-white face paint who was the face of WCW during the “Monday Night War” era, as well as his earlier look, sporting bright colors and a blond, flattop hairstyle.
“The only thing for sure about Sting is nothing’s for sure, except my debut in ‘WWE 2K15,'” said Sting. “I’m honored to have my legacy immortalized in a video game. It’s showtime!”
Making his WCW debut in 1991, Sting generated worldwide recognition for his unique presence and in-ring prowess. Across more than a decade, he amassed eight WCW championships and competed against many notable rivals, including “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, the New World Order (nWo), Vader, Rick Rude, The Four Horsemen and Ric Flair.
“We’re eager to introduce fans to Sting in a compelling new way, while debuting the next generation of gaming in the ‘WWE 2K’ franchise,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing at 2K. “Pre-ordering ‘WWE 2K15’ is the ultimate way to embrace the history and individuality of Sting’s impressive career.”
Developed collaboratively by Yukes and Visual Concepts, a 2K studio, “WWE 2K15” is not yet rated by the ESRB. “WWE 2K15” is currently scheduled for release on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3 on Oct. 28, 2014, in North America and Oct. 31, 2014, internationally.
For more information on “WWE 2K15” and 2K, visit www.2k.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter using the hashtags #WWE2K15 and #FEELIT or subscribe on YouTube.