WWE 2K17 motion capture has begun

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A lot goes into making a video game these days. Art, 3D assets, sound and coding all play a massive role in the development of Ace McStab YoFace 7 and more. And then you’ve got the kind of production schedule which involves having several tons of man-muscle colliding with itself. Say what you like about WWE games, but having a wrassler perform like a WWE-branded superstar isn’t easy. You’ve got to nail the look, the attitude and the movement of a sports entertainer.

And that’s where motion capture always comes in handy.

Right now, the tools of the trade are being performed by several former TNA wrestlers over at 2K Games. Headlocks, Stone Cold Stunners and RKOs outta nowhere this year, brought to you by the likes of Kenny King, TJ Perkins and Low Ki according to Attack Of The Fanboy. King posted a photo to Twitter, decked out in the motion capture scuba suit that has various ping pong balls stuck to it:

If one of the names listed above sounds familiar, that’s because Low Ki once performed for the WWE under the ring-name of Kaval during 2010. He’s been on hand for several years now to provide motion capture for WWE games. If you’ve ever tinkered around in the creation studio of a WWE game, you’ll know that there’s possibly too many moves to make use of in one lifetime.

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From a dozen clothesline variations through to striking attacks that have more combo variety than a McDonalds menu, there’s a lot on offer. My own personal character from last year, a lushly blue-haired showstopper who goes by the name of Bad News Bonthuys, made good use of these attacks. I had the moves to put on one hell of a show, and an attitude to match.

Which did diddly-squat when I instantly KO’ed my wrassler when I attempted to do a scoop power-slam on the Big Show, a brawler who might have outweighed me by several metric cars. You’ll get yours this year Big Show, as soon as I find a ladder.

Last Updated: February 1, 2016

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Everyone’s doing it, ping pong balls ftw.

  • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime
  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    Will they be reusing that mo-cap in Ballet 2k17 too?

  • Original Heretic

    As much as I dislike WWE as “entertainment” (insert retching sounds), I cannot deny that these guys are phenomenal athletes. Getting this shit right show after show without anyone getting horribly injured is bloody impressive.

    • BakedBagel

      To me anyway, i prefer WWE as being entertainment, than the WWE trying to be a legit sport. WWE = Kim Kardashian UFC = Bear Grylls

      • Original Heretic

        Did…did you just refer to Kim Kardashian as ENTERTAINMENT?!?!?!?!?!

        • BakedBagel


      • Captain JJ ‘saurus

        Bear Grylls is as real as Zuma’s emergency firepool.

        • BakedBagel

          The firepool is a necessary security and safety measure.

          The firefighters can have a lekka dip in the pool to keep cool before fighting the fire.

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus


    • Chris Jericho said it best: 1000 minutes of training for every minute in the ring.

  • BakedBagel

    I like this.

    • Lardus-For the Emperor!

      Cos Stone Cold SAID SO!

      • BakedBagel

        There was a bottom line somewhere here.

        • Lardus-For the Emperor!
          • BakedBagel

            My first ever teenage hero.

            Gawd back when wwe was actually entertaining

          • Lardus-For the Emperor!

            Was a sad day for me when the Rattle Snake stopped performing. Wish they would bring him back for a few more “cameos”.

          • BakedBagel

            Apparently he has bad neck injuries, the only reason he stopped was because of the Doc. Sad day 🙁 He needs to come back and run the place.


          • Lardus-For the Emperor!

            Ja, it was the neck. An unfortunate injury he picked up against Owen Heart…after he asked Owen before the match not to do the Piledriver. Owen did it, and Austin injured his neck. Darn…that was a good era for WWE.

          • BakedBagel

            A T T I T U D E E R A

            My father, watching Andre The Giant and the likes perform, enjoyed that era over Hulk/Giant era. It was the shizzzznit.

  • 0484

    Can someone make a Moonwalk & Anti-gravity lean entrance?

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