The Ultimate Warrior joins the WWE 2K14 roster, and to celebrate the game’s developers filmed a vignette of the former wrestler doing what he does best: Looking veiny and shouting at things.
WWE 2K14 is the first attempt by 2K Games to create a successful pro wrestling videogame franchise following the financial collapse of previous WWE license-holder THQ. In an effort to set their game apart from earlier wrestling titles, 2K Games is adding a number of wrestlers who few ever expected to see in a WWE game. Most impressively, WWE 2K14 features a playable appearance by Randy “Macho Man” Savage, but nearly as impressive is news that the game will also include The Ultimate Warrior.
That video embedded above depicts a modern-day Warrior stomping through the 2K Games offices and shouting his customary, barely-coherent greetings/threats at everyone he meets. The Ultimate Warrior – his given name is “James Hellwig,” but he legally changed it to “Warrior” in 1993 – was once one of the biggest names in the WWE, but in recent years he’s become more notable for his bizarre right-wing tirades and a comic book project based on his wrestling persona that alternately features long, barely literate screeds explaining Warrior’s ethos and an oddly sexualized Santa Claus. Unfortunately, none of this is a joke.
Still, The Ultimate Warrior was a force to be reckoned with in the late 80s and early 90s world of faux fighting, so perhaps along with the inclusion of the Macho Man, WWE 2K14 may be attempting to take players back to that era. THQ’s WWE ’13 featured a gameplay mode centering on the late 90s “Attitude Era” of the WWE, so it wouldn’t be that surprising to see another mode focused on the late 80s wrestling boom. Here’s hoping we’re given the chance to collapse a folding chair around Cyndi Lauper’s pop-addled head.