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WWE 2K15 cover star confirmed

John Cena will feature for the sixth time

2K Sports has revealed the cover image for WWE 2K15, which features John Cena as the star.

The company said on Twitter: "We're thrilled to announce @JohnCena as the cover Superstar of #WWE2K15! #FEELIT October 10/28 in North America."

The announcement marks the first time Cena has featured on the cover of a WWE game since WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2011, with Randy Orton, CM Punk and The Rock instead chosen as cover stars in recent years.

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It also marks the first time Cena will be the sole cover star, having appeared in group covers five times in the past.

Cena, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, Hulk Hogan and Roman Reigns were the first five superstars confirmed to join the game's roster, with Wyatt making his debut video game appearance.

2K Sports is promising a vast overhaul for the 16th game in the WWE series, with developer Visual Concepts (NBA 2K14) taking on a much larger role alongside regular studio Yukes.

This will be the first game fully handled by 2K: when the studio took over the license from THQ, WWE 2K14 was already partly in development.

WWE 2K15 will incorporate Visual Concepts' scanning technique currently used in the NBA 2K series, with stars who look "leaps and bounds closer to their real-life counterparts". 2K has already scanned 90 per cent of the game's roster, with massive upgrades reported for hair, skin, faces and ring gear.

Other improvements include the use of a new motion-capture studio that will result in five times the number of existing animations, and a new cut-off date for content set months later than in previous games, ensuring the roster and content will be more up-to-date with WWE TV programming when the game is released.

Finally, commentary is said to have been greatly improved, with Jerry 'The King' Lawler and Michael Cole recording their lines together for the first time in the series' history, meaning interactions and conversations will sound more realistic. Each commentator will record over 30 hours of dialogue to ensure repetition is kept to a minimum.

WWE 2K15 will release for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 28 in the US and October 31 in Europe, marking the series' first appearance on new-gen consoles.

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