The first 18 members of the WWE 2K17 roster have been revealed, and they’re a disappointing batch of superstars. No one is denying their in-ring talent, of course, it’s just that all of the characters that were announced were already in WWE 2K16, though some of them were there as DLC, so it’s still nice to have them.
IGN revealed that the first 18 members are Aiden English, Booker T, Brian Pillman, Brie Bella, Chris Jericho, Diego, Erick Rowan, Fernando, Heath Slater, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Jim Neidhart, Konnor, Larry Zybszko, Nikki Bella, R-Truth, Simon Gotch, Ultimate Warrior and Viktor. All of them are fine superstars, except for Diego and Fernando, who were recently repackaged as The Shining Stars and are now Primo and Epico, respectively.
What makes the roster disappointing is the lack of any new talent. Sure, the NXT edition of the game will bring us Apollo Crews, Nia Jax and Shinsuke Nakamura, but not seeing anyone new in the game’s roster reveal is just odd. It seems like the roster reveal of WWE 2K17 has started with a thud rather than a bang.
On the bright side, Brock Lesnar’s entrance was revealed. While the motion is exactly the same as his entrance last year, the character model itself has been improved dramatically. Lesnar’s face looks so much better than it did in WWE 2K16. The same goes for Chris Jericho, who had one of the worst character models in last year’s game as well.
YouTube personality SmackTalks also discovered a number of weapons in a section of the audience, so it seems like crowd fighting has returned. This feature was last seen in Smackdown vs Raw 2011, so this is a nice surprise for fans of the WWE franchise and of hardcore matches in general.
WWE 2K17 is slated for an October 11 release for PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. Fans who pre-order the game will get two versions of Goldberg ? WWE and WCW ? along with two arenas. There is also the NXT edition of the game to pre-order, which is pricey but great for fans of the development brand.