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'WWE 2K17' Roster Update: Here's The Complete List Of 36 Recently Announced Playable Characters; 4 New Feature Of The Game Revealed!

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Rumor mills have been swirling speculations around the number of WWE Superstars that are included in the roster of the upcoming professional wrestling game, "WWE 2K17" as earlier reports had indicated that the sequel will boast more than 150 wrestlers.

2K Games community manager Bryan Vore clarified this in a post on the game's official forum website noting that the 150 number of WWE Superstars was an element of an early development coding on their interactive map and more importantly, he affirmed that it does not allude to the final roster list.

Nevertheless, Vore guaranteed that WWE 2K17's roster will encompass the whole shebang and will be the largest to date. Vore urged wrestling and gaming fans who have been waiting with bated breath for "WWE 2K17" to hit the store shelves, to keep tabs on the studio's official roster reveals each week.

The previous "WWE 2K" game, "WWE 2K16" featured the largest roster in the game franchise and it looks like 2K Games has upped the ante yet again by attempting to improve upon it with "WWE 2K17."

However, the highly-anticipated game is not sparred of flaw; WWE Superstars including Apollo Crews, Nia Jax and Shinsuke Nakamura are up for grabs in the "NXT Edition" of the game, or via DLC, while Goldberg is only available to those who pre-ordered the game early.

In other news, 2K Games announced a slew of awe-inspiring game features in "WWE 2K17" as four in-game mechanics have been brought in the sequel.

Before all else, "Fighting in the Crowd and Backstage Brawls" where in players can now take their fight beyond the squared ring through WWE Universe and in backstage inside the arena.

The next feature is all-new taunting system where in gamers' favorite WWE Superstar will taunt his/her opponent giving him/her additional boost of increase damage coupled with a partial momentum boost.

"WWE 2K" fanatics can now take a breather outside the ring in "WWE 2K17" to reacquire their stamina. This feature will happen by itself if the WWE Superstar takes a big hit from his/her opponent. Upon recovering, gamers can choose between going back to the ring and staying. This feature will come in handy while squaring off against multiple participants in the ring such as six pack, triple threat or fatal four way challenge.

The game rolls out a new "Promo Engine" in MyCareer that enable wrestlers to call out or respond to other WWE Superstars, while backstage brawl gameplay adds to the atmosphere, according to reports on GameNGuide.

A slew of WWE Superstars from the past and present were introduced as playable characters on Tuesday, August 16, with AJ Styles being the jewel of the current roster, per Forbes.com.

Check out the complete list of 36 Superstars announced on Tuesday.

  • AJ Styles
  • Alexa Bliss
  • Alundra Blayze
  • Arn Anderson
  • Bam Bam Bigelow
  • Becky Lynch
  • Bo Dallas
  • Bubba Ray Dudley
  • Bushwhacker Butch
  • Bushwhacker Luke
  • Christian
  • Curtis Axel
  • D-Von Dudley
  • Dana Brooke
  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Emma
  • Eva Marie
  • Fandango
  • Kofi Kingston
  • Lita
  • Macho Man Randy Savage
  • Mr. Perfect
  • Naomi
  • Natalya
  • Neville
  • Rick Rude
  • Rikishi
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Sting
  • Sturdust
  • Summer Rae
  • Tamina
  • Tatsumi Fujinami
  • Trish Stratus
  • Tyler Breeze
  • Xavier Woods

"WWE 2K17" is slated to hit the store shelves on October 11 for PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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