Publisher 2K Games has revealed the first details. WWE 2K23, the next installment in the long-running wrestling simulator. This year’s game will focus on John Cena, who will grace both the cover of the game and its signature showcase mode. The 2023 edition also adds a unique new match type called WarGames.
WWE 2K23 2K Games is returning the wrestling series to annualized mode after taking a two-year hiatus in between. WWE 2K20 and 2K22. This year’s edition launches on March 17th for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4 and PS5, retailing for $60 on newer consoles and $70 on PC, PS5 and Series X/S. Those who purchase the $100 Deluxe and $120 Icon Edition will get early access starting March 14th.
This year’s cover star is Cena, featured in each edition of the game. To celebrate his transformation from superstar to Hollywood hero, this year’s 2K Showcase mode will feature moments from his 20-year history. But rather than play as Cena himself, 2K23 It will flip the script by letting the player control his biggest rival. Despite its upside-down structure, the mod still includes documentary-style interviews with Cena and clips from actual matches. Cena will also serve as the game’s executive soundtrack producer.
2K hasn’t released the full roster of wrestlers yet, but they’ve dropped a few key names. Chief among them is Cody Rhodes, announcing that American Nightmare has returned to the WWE game after stints in rival AEW (Rhodes is still AEW Fighter Forever). Roman Reigns, Ronda Rousey, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and Brock Lesnar also join the roster. Additional screenshots show Rhea Ripley, Bianca Belair, Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Hulk Hogan. But the most surprising addition is music superstar Bad Bunny, which is playable by those who pre-purchase the standard edition or purchase the deluxe or icon editions.
2K23 has a notable new mode in the form of WarGames. Just like in real life, up to eight wrestlers (two teams of four or three) compete in two caged rings. Previously included mods such as MyGM, MyFaction, and MyRise are returning this year with new features each. For example, MyFaction adds online multiplayer, and the excellent MyGM mode offers more match options.
WWE 2K23 Coming March 17th for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4 and PS5.