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John Cena Main Events WWE 2K23

WWE 2K23 has been unveiled, and for some strange reason, 2K decided the cover art will feature a blank picture instead of a wrestler. I kid, of course. This year’s cover superstar is the 16-time World Champion and master of implied invisibility, John Cena.

As for features, so far, the biggest new addition is WarGames match type (WWE’s version). The dual-ring, double cage match can be played 3v3 or 4v4 single-player or online. 2K also teases a “unique new take” on the documentary style 2K Showcase mode, which of course, highlights Cena’s career. MyGM returns in an expanded form, MyFaction is getting online multiplayer, and the story-driven MyRise, Universe, and Creation modes are back. For the Creation Suite, custom arenas are now playable online, and entrances have more customization options. The first trailer, which reveals gameplay, will premiere during tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw.

As for the roster, here’s the short list of confirmed superstars thus far:

  • Bad Bunny (pre-order bonus, see below)
  • Brock Lesnar
  • Cody Rhodes
  • John Cena
  • Ronda Rousey
  • Roman Reigns
  • “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

WWE 2K23 comes in three versions, each plastered with exclusive cover art, as you can see in the gallery above. The Standard Edition runs for $69.99 on current-gen consoles and $59.99 on last-gen. You can also grab a Cross-Gen edition for 69.99 that gives you both versions of the game within the same console family. Additionally, those who pre-order the Standard Edition and Cross-Gen Digital Bundle get the Bad Bunny Bonus Pack, which includes: 

  • Bad Bunny playable character
  • Ruby tier Bad Bunny MyFaction card

The Doctor of Thuganomics-flavored Deluxe Edition sets you back $99.99 and includes the standard edition plus the following extras:

  • Bad Bunny Bonus Pack
  • Season Pass for five post-launch DLC packs
  • MyRise Mega-Boost and SuperCharger
  • Ruby John Cena MyFaction Evo Card
  • Gold Edge MyFaction Card
  • Emerald Bianca Belair MyFaction Card
  • Gold Asuka MyFaction Card
  • Three Basic Premium Launch My Faction Card Packs
  • Three days early access (March 14 launch)

Finally, the Icon Edition runs for $119.99. It boasts art by original cover art by artist Rob Schamberger and boasts everything in the previous editions plus:

  • Ruthless Aggression Pack: features early developmental versions of superstars such as John Cena’s “Prototype” character, “Leviathan” Batista, along with rookie Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton
  • John Cena Legacy Championship
  • WrestleMania 22 Arena
  • Emerald Paul Heyman MyFaction Manager Card
  • Three Deluxe Premium Launch MyFaction Card Packs

WWE 2K23 will be available on PlayStation and Xbox consoles and PC, and the full launch is set for March 17. You can read our review of last year’s game, WWE 2K22, here. 




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