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WWE 2K16 launches Oct. 27 on current and past consoles, says Take-Two

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WWE 2K16 will launch Oct. 27 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, 2K Sports parent company Take-Two Interactive told investors in a filing today.

Last year the pro wrestling series split its release date for current- and previous-generation consoles. A PC edition was not specified.

A launch on the last Tuesday of October has been typical for the WWE franchise over the past several years under 2K Sports and, before that, THQ. In 2014, however, WWE 2K15 launched on PS3 and Xbox 360 on Oct. 28, with the PS4 and Xbox One editions following three weeks later, Nov. 18. It launched on PC just this April.

Notably, the forthcoming NBA 2K16 was not given a specific launch date in the same investor filing, listed only as "Fall 2015." Licensed sports products typically have a launch date set by their league, and the NBA has started on the first Tuesday of October for several years. EA Sports' NBA Live series launched after NBA 2K in both 2013 and 2014.

WWE 2K16 and NBA 2K16, which is expected to have a career mode written by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee, are the only two console titles named for release in the Fall 2015 quarter. The newly announced expansion to Civilization: Beyond Earth will launch on Windows PC in that span. Battleborn, the co-op shooter from Gearbox Software, has been given a "fiscal year 2016" launch window following that, on PS4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

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