2K Games has had to make a last-minute adjustment to the planned DLC release for WWE 2K15, following former superstar Hulk Hogan’s recent racist outburst. The news follows a declaration from the publisher that Hogan will not be appearing in any future WWE 2K games, so if you’ve never experienced Hulkamania in-game, you may not get another chance.
The situation is, of course, bigger than just being cut from DLC and dropped from the game – WWE has officially severed all ties with Hogan after it was revealed the former superstar had made ugly racist remarks while filming an “unauthorised sex tape” eight years ago. Hogan claims the video was filmed without his consent, which doesn’t quite excuse his n-word filled comments about his daughter Brooke’s then-boyfriend.
Anyway. The film was made public in 2012, but the transcript has only recently come to light, following Hogan’s pursuit of a lawsuit against media outlet Gawker, who first published the footage. It’s the contents of the transcript that have landed Hogan in hot water.
The WWE explains:
WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.
Hogan has now been deleted from the WWE website, his merchandise removed from the store, and his 2005 entry into the WWE Hall of Fame now standing empty.
2K Games has announced that it will stand by its partners’ decisions, meaning that Hogan is also being removed from the upcoming WWE 2K16, and things are changing around WWE 2K15, which featured the wrestler in two different playable versions and focussed on the Hulkamania era.
If you wanted to buy the Hulk Hogan-related WWE 2K15 DLC, you’re outta luck – it’s been (or is being) removedf rom all console storefronts. On the other hand, if you already had downloaded the DLC but had deleted it and wanted to redownload? You’re outta luck there too, as the content appears to now be gone for good.
For his part, Hogan has apologised for his statements, saying that:
I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.
At this stage, there’s no discussion of refunds.