WWE 2K23 has been officially confirmed for release March 17, with 16-time world champion John Cena serving as the cover star. You can also pre-order WWE 2K23 and begin playing the game three days early on March 14.
WWE 2K23’s showpiece features will be Cena’s Showcase Mode, which will follow Cena throughout his career–which starts with the Prototype character in 2002. However, rather than playing as Cena himself, 2K23 will have players control his greatest rivals.
Spanning his 20-year WWE career and narrated by Cena himself, this interactive documentary offers a seamless transition from gameplay to live-action footage to bring pivotal moments in each match to life.
“It is a pleasure to tell the story of my career through the WWE 2K23 Showcase,” said John Cena. “2K has done a fantastic job capturing and invigorating the WWE 2K franchise through this concept, and I am honored to grace the cover of WWE 2K23.”
Another feature will be the new WarGames match. The match involves two teams, battling in two rings side-by-side surround by a cage. MyGM mode has also been updated with features a handful of improvements, like more GMs to choose from as well as a custom GM. Players draft a roster, manage budgets, sign free agents, choose various match types, arena locations, production elements and more, with the goal of beating a rival GM in weekly ratings battles. Perhaps the biggest improvement is the addition of “multiple seasons,” as WWE 2K22’s MyGM mode ended after one season.
While 2K has yet to reveal the full roster of wrestlers, it did drop some key names, including Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Cody Rhodes, Ronda Rousey, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Bad Bunny will also make his WWE 2K debut.
“Much like our cover Superstar John Cena, the Visual Concepts team didn’t back down from the challenge to prove that the quality of the WWE 2K franchise is here to stay,” said Greg Thomas, President at Visual Concepts. “WWE 2K23 takes a winning formula and adds so much more. We’re especially excited to see how fans react to the 2K Showcase and WarGames.”
This year’s edition will come to PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4 and PS5 on March 17, retailing for $60 on last-generation consoles and $70 on PC, PS5, and Series X/S.