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WWE 2K15 delays PS4, Xbox One release until Nov. 18

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of WWE 2K15 have been delayed three weeks and will now launch on Nov. 18, 2K Sports said in a statement released this morning. The game's Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 launch is unchanged from the original Oct. 28 date.

"The additional development time enables our talented teams to ensure the WWE 2K15 next-gen experience fully meets our expectations," Greg Thomas, the president of 2K Sports in-house developer Visual Concepts, said in the statement. This is the series' debut on PS4 and Xbox One.

A week ago, GameSpot reported that CM Punk (pictured) — who left the WWE in January while still under contract, and is no longer an active wrestler — was in discussion with 2K Sports over his planned inclusion in the game (through an historical mode looking back at great professional wrestling rivalries.)

Despite his retirement, 2K Sports used Punk to promote the game pre-release, and GameSpot reported that was cause for the talks between Punk's lawyers and 2K's. It cited sources carefully explaining there was no lawsuit or threat of one, but the two sides were still negotiating his inclusion in the game.

2K Sports gave no specific reason for the delay beyond Thomas' statement. For more on WWE 2K15, see Polygon's interview with executive producer Mark Little from E3 2014.

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