Seth Rollins has announced that he would be gracing the cover of WWE 2K18, this year’s edition of the professional wrestling simulation franchise. Along with the announcement, there is an epic cinematic trailer showing Rollins destroying iconic WWE memorabilia. No details on gameplay, roster, or special modes have been revealed, but 2K has announced two special editions for fans who want additional content. WWE 2K18 will be releasing for PS4 and Xbox One on October 17.
For the past few years, 2K has tried to market their games to a wider audience by putting huge names on the covers, past or present. After The Rock, John Cena, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and Brock Lesnar graced the past four covers, Seth Rollins becomes the first full-time WWE Superstar to represent their yearly game since CM Punk was on the cover of WWE ‘13.
Seth Rollins, who made the announcement on ESPN's SportsCentre has had an incredible run in WWE, and he is still early on in his career. He was the first-ever NXT Champion, a former Tag Team Champion, a United States Champion, a Money In The Bank briefcase holder, and a two-time WWE Champion. At WrestleMania 33 this past April, Rollins defeated Triple H, who has had a legendary career of his own. Pushing a current full-time Superstar might be WWE’s way of encouraging fans to watch the current product instead of reliving the past.
There are three different versions of the game fans can buy. The Standard Edition ($59.99) features nothing but the base game. The Deluxe Edition includes the game’s Season Pass, “Bonus Digital Content,” a Pre-Order Bonus, and Early Access so buyers can play four days early. The Collector’s Edition features all of the bonuses of the Deluxe Edition but with unannounced physical items, and it can only be bought as a physical copy. While the Bonus Digital Content is unknown, fans interested in the Season Pass should expect downloadable WWE Superstars to expand the game’s roster based on Season Passes from the previous entries.
Seth Rollins gracing the cover of WWE 2K18 is a refreshing change of pace compared to previous entries. Instead of focusing on the legends that are recognizable to almost everybody, doubling down on the current product helps keep fans interested in what's going on currently. On top of that, the Deluxe Edition's Early Access is a nice reward for players who wants to buy extra content.