Sting's arrival in "WWE 2K15" this week could be just the beginning for the franchise.
Every year, the new WWE video game has a theme, whether it be the old battle between the two big brands, RAW and Smackdown, an upcoming event like Wrestlemania, or even tag team wrestling or an updated create-a-wrestler. With the inception of the WWE Network this year, it makes perfect sense that "WWE 2K15" is built around maximizing exposure for the network.
Here are reasons why and how it could be implemented with the best results.
Have WWE Network subscribers get exclusive access to a character: Sting's arrival in the game as a pre-order character is great, but what about another WCW legend or name from the past as a gift to all WWE Network subscribers? Instead of begging the audience of RAW and Smackdown to purchase the app, they'll have a cool reason to download it.
Have WWE Network subscribers get exclusive access to the game's demo: Again, this would provide more value to the network and would allow the company to build buzz for both the upcoming game and their new digital platform. This should be a no-brainer.
Have characters from all the old company's represented in the game: On the Network, WWF, WWWF, ECW, WCW, AWA, NWA and even WCCW programs air all day long. Why not have the biggest names from all of those companies represented? The Von Erich's, Great Muta, The Gagne's, Bruiser Brody and Shane Douglas are just a few people that would have to make the cut.
Allow access to all the old titles in the game: With all those new promotions comes more titles, even the ones that didn't last. Put em all in and make the new game like a history lesson for all the kiddies that think the Legion of Doom was just a tag team instead of a one time faction with Jake Roberts. The story mode could easily involve a wrestler traveling all the territories in a quest to get to the WWE.
Drench the game in nostalgia: Old venues like The ECW arena and even the old WCCW Sportatorium should be featured. Make the game a virtual wrestling encyclopedia.
“WWE 2K15” is set for a October 28 release in North America and will ship on October 31 internationally on the PlayStation 3, XBox 360, XBox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles.
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