WWE 2K15 has innovative beard tech

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I’ve got high hopes for the next WWE game. The grace period is over, and with 2K Games now clearly lighting a fire under the arse of Yukes, we’re starting to see WWE games which capture both the attitude and nostalgia of sports entertainment. This year, WWE 2K15 is going to focus on rivalries. And beards. Magnificent, manly and macho beards.

Goldust

“When I went for my scans, 2K had so much machinery in their studio, it’s like being in the future,” former champ and YES man Daniel Bryan said to Sports Illustrated. “I get weirded-out just being around that much technology. I was like, ‘These things won’t give me cancer, right?’

It’s incredible what they can do now. The detail they capture is amazing. My beard looks perfect in the game. It looks exactly how it does in real life. But they also have small details like the scar on the top of Randy Orton’s head. He has this small little knick, and it’s detailed perfectly. I know when I was playing the game, when I saw the little things like Randy’s scar, when I saw how my beard looked, I was blown away.

Orton

And to make a next-gen beard that looked like actual hair and not a floating pile of spinach, 2K had to come up with some “all new beard tech”. Scanning doesn’t do beards or hair well, so for guys like Daniel Bryan, we needed to use this new beard tech to get him just right,” executive producer Mark Little explained.

There is this specific code of technology that we use to get the beards just right, and no beard is alike. Daniel Bryan’s is more open and scraggily, where if you look at a guy like Mark Henry, he has a big beard, but it’s thick and solid. We had to create technology to be able to capture both in a way that not only looked great still, but animated.

One of the things moving to the new hardware affords us is to rethink and retool the game. The entire scanning technology that we used can’t be done for the older consoles. It’s that intense, it’s that complex. What it affords us is the most lifelike images we can get, including signature facial expressions for each superstar.

If you haven’t yet seen how much of a difference those new visuals make, then here’s a short clip of the bizarre one himself, Goldust, making an entrance:

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WWE 2K15 is out later this year. Geoff and I plan to form our own tag team again when we start playing.

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Last Updated: August 29, 2014

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Your subtitle is wrong – should be The Rockettes 😛

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      Agreed

    • Lord Chaos

      Imagine the hours spent on the beard tech.

  • Skoobaz

    Wahahahahahahaha!!! Classic pic there.

  • Rock789

    Beard tech,… hehehehe. 🙂

    And that tag-team pic is priceless!

  • Lardus-Resident Perve

    You had me at BEARD!

  • Sk3tz0

    Is it me or does the “Blonde Rocker” look like Bobcat Goldthwait from Police Academy

  • Sageville

    I saw no beard tech!

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