Stone Cold Steve Austin Is WWE 2K16’s Cover Wrestler
Stone Cold Steve Austin returns to bring Austin 3:16 to the cover of WWE 2K16, which will feature over 120 different wrestlers.
2K and World Wrestling Entertainment have announced that WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin will be the cover wrestler featured on the box art for WWE 2K16. While Austin hasn't had a match in over a decade, his popularity and prominence still heavily resides over the wrestling business, as many regard the late '90s Attitude Era (which Austin often headlined alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) as the pinnacle of the WWE.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with 2K to support the WWE 2K franchise, and now I’m absolutely honored to serve as the WWE 2K16 cover Superstar,” said Austin. “No disrespect to the previous and extremely deserving WWE 2K cover Superstars – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and John Cena – but it’s about time the franchise raised some hell with yours truly on the cover. I look forward to injecting a dose of ‘Texas Rattlesnake’ into this year’s game and overall campaign.”
Austin held over 21 championships throughout his career and was a part of the WWE Hall of Fame's class of 2009. You may also remember him as the main bad guy Stallone fought during The Expendables. WWE 2K16 will feature over 120 unique wrestlers, spanning previous legends and current superstars/divas. You should expect a bunch of NXT wrestlers as well, as Sami Zayn, Sasha Banks and Finn Balor have each mentioned on social media that they already did mo-cap work for the game. Here's to hoping Kevin Owens is included as well.
“Stone Cold Steve Austin’s iconic style, unmistakable personality and worldwide reverence from the WWE Universe make him the ideal fit for WWE 2K16,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing at 2K. “Not only will Austin grace the video game’s cover, but he’s involved in shaping its creative direction. Through his numerous contributions, inclusion on the largest roster in franchise history and the game’s to-be-announced features, WWE 2K16 is certain to put everyone on notice.”
We have to admit, with Cena and The Rock on the previous two WWE covers, it's almost a letdown to see Austin here. As much as we loved the Attitude Era, Austin's time has passed and he was already on the cover of a few dozen WWE games. It's about time WWE puts the spotlight on guys like Ziggler, Bryan, Reigns, Rollins, Ambrose, Owens and Neville. We would've been fine with Reigns and Lesnar having a standoff on the cover. You don't see other sports-based games really putting their legends on their box art anymore. Let the new guys shine, WWE.
WWE 2K16 will launch on Oct. 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.