Sting has been announced as the pre-order bonus for the upcoming WWE 2K15 videogame.
The WCW icon – real name Steve Borden – has inked a deal with 2K to appear in the game, his first appearance in a WWE-branded venture. There will be two playable versions of the Sting in the game; the mysterious, ghost-like persona with trademark black and white face paint who was the face of WCW during the “Monday Night War” era, as well as his earlier look, sporting bright colors and a blond, flattop hairstyle.
Sting has never worked for WWE in his storied career, and while an agreement for him to appear on TV and possibly in the ring has yet to be made or at least announced, those fans who have waited years to see the face-painted warrior on WWE TV may not have to wait much longer.
Sting made his WCW debut in 1991 and over the next ten years won eight WCW championships, engaging in memorable feuds with Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan and the nWo. When WCW was purchased by WWE in 2001, many fans hoped Sting would make the jump to Vince McMahon’s company however this never materialised, with Sting instead spending the next eleven years in an on-off relationship with TNA. The particular relationship finally came to end earlier this year, with Borden later apppearing in a WWE documentary about Ultimate Warrior.
2K’s Vice President of Marketing Chris Snyder has spoken about the icon’s inclusion in this year’s videogame;
“We’re eager to introduce fans to Sting in a compelling new way, while debuting the next-generation of gaming in the WWE 2K franchise. Pre-ordering WWE 2K15 is the ultimate way to embrace the history and individuality of Sting’s impressive career.”
And the man himself admits he is honoured to be included;
“The only thing for sure about Sting is nothing’s for sure, except my debut in WWE 2K15. I’m honored to have my legacy immortalized in a video game. It’s showtime!”
WWE 2K15 will be available for the first time on next-generation consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and also Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, on 28 October 2014 in North America and 31 October 2014 internationally.