World Wrestling Entertainment fans finally got a glimpse of WWE 2K17, which is expected to become another big hit later this year similar to last year’s edition.
Developer 2K Sports confirmed that legendary wrestler Bill Goldberg will be a special playable character for gamers who will pre-order. Goldberg will be available in two different appearances — one during his days with World Championship Wrestling and the other one during his WWE career.
“Legendary WCW and WWE star Bill Goldberg arrives in WWE 2K17 to Spear and Jackhammer the competition,” 2K Sports said in a statement, referring to Goldberg, who collected numerous titles in both WCW and WWE. “His unprecedented 173-0 win streak in WCW from 1997 to 1998 made an enormous impact with fans.”
The pre-order bonus came as a surprise to most WWE fans because Goldberg has been inactive since his WrestleMania 20 match against Brock Lesnar in 2004. But in an interview with WWE.com, the 49-year-old said that he has been talks with the company and 2K Sports about the project.
Goldberg said that he is proud of the project and is thrilled because of the positive feedback from fans. The Oklahoma native also said that his goal is to outperform previous pre-order exclusive characters like Sting, Ultimate Warrior and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“As a father and an ex-wrestler, it’s a dream come true,” Goldberg said of being picked as WWE 2K17 exclusive character. “To be able to come back and be included in WWE 2K17, it’s a huge honor. That the people would even want me back after such a long hiatus is another honor.”
Goldberg also said he is excited to play the game and match himself up with fellow legends Andre The Giant and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. He added in an interview with IGN that his son has a lot to do with his decision to accept the WWE 2K17 project.
WWE and 2K Sports are still keeping gameplay and roster details close to their chest, but the official WWE 2K17 website indicates the game will come out in October. It will be available on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. The game is now available for pre-order on WWE 2K website.