WWE 2K19 is an upcoming professional wrestling video game based on and built in association with the WWE. The game is being developed in collaboration by the Japanese company Yuke’s Co. Ltd and American developer Visual Concepts. The game will be retailed by the video game publisher 2K Sports, who are also the publishers of games like the NBA 2K series and the NHL 2K series. The game is slated for a worldwide release on October and according to the WWE rumors, Hulk Hogan is expected to be back in the game after being suspended from the company for three years.
WWE 2K19 is being released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows platforms. The game will, however, not be released on the Nintendo Switch, which comes as bad news for the Nintendo faithful. WWE 2K18 faced several stumbling blocks on the Nintendo Switch like framerate issues, etc and the developers instead chose to focus on the more popular platforms of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The game comes in three different editions – Deluxe Edition, Collector’s Edition and the Standard Edition. The Standard edition comes out on the October 9, while the Deluxe and Collector’s editions are to be released four days before, on the October 5.
The cover of the video game is going to feature the ‘Phenomenal’ WWE Smackdown performer and WWE Champion AJ Styles, who has been taking an active participation in the promotion of the game. There was also the announcement of the “WWE 2K19 Million Dollar Challenge”, in which players will be challenged with a new game mode and four semi-finalists will be selected from among the gamers who beat the new mode and submit a promotional video. The four selected gamers will then be pitted against each other in a tournament to decide who will face AJ Styles himself for the final million dollar prize.
Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan has been inducted back into the WWE Hall of Fame and is expected to be back in the WWE 2K series for the first time since WWE 2K15.
A statement issued earlier in the week by the WWE read: “After a three-year suspension, Hulk Hogan has been reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame. This second chance follows Hogan’s numerous public apologies and volunteering to work with young people, where he is helping them learn from his mistake. These efforts led to a recent induction into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.”
The people who pre-order the game will be treated to the special bonus characters which won’t be available in the standard edition of the game. The first special character was revealed to be Rey Mysterio, who is going to make a successful comeback to the franchise, while the second special character was revealed to be Ronda Rousey, who successfully made the switch from UFC to WWE.
Pre-order sales for the video game have already started, and fans in India will have a special chance to meet Braun Strowman when he visits the country in July. The offer is only valid till 18th July and is only available to the customers who have preordered the game.