WWE 2K23 officially confirmed ahead of Royal Rumble

WWE 2K23 wasn't expected to be revealed until after the Royal Rumble on Saturday, January 28.

It's official, WWE 2K is back with its annual cycle and March is its new release window.

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We're hoping this doesn't mean that John Cena is about to call it quits with his WWE career.

It's safe to say that 2K Sports and Visual Concepts' WWE 2K hiatus was short-lived. After skipping a year to go back to the drawing board following Yuke's departure, Visual Concepts returned with a bang thanks to WWE 2K22. A year later, WWE 2K23 will try and do the same.

WWE 2K23 arrives for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and the PC, on March 17. But, if you buy the more expensive versions of the game, you'll get access as early as March 14.

As per earlier leaks, WWE 2K23 will feature John Cena and a new WarGames event. 2K explains that the game's Showcase mode will cover John Cena's 20-year WWE career with Cena narrating it himself. Meanwhile, the new WarGames mode will offer unique 3v3 and 4v4 matches with two rings enclosed in a steel cage beside each other. Finally, WWE 2K23 will feature MyFaction and an improved MyGM mode with more GMs as well as show options.

If you're interested in buying WWE 2K23, you can already pre-order starting today.

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2K Sports got in on the fun as well and depicted John Cena as someone you literally can't see.

Here's a rundown of what's included in each of the four editions:

  • Standard Edition - Only contains a base copy of WWE 2K23. It's available for $59.99 on the PS4 and Xbox One or $69.99 for the Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 5, and the PC.
  • Cross-Gen Edition - Gives you access to WWE 2K23 on both previous-gen and current-gen consoles for $69.99.
  • Deluxe Edition - For $99.99, you get a base copy of the Cross-Gen Edition plus the following:
    • Bad Bunny Bonus Pack (includes Bad Bunny as a playable character and a Ruby Bad Bunny MyFaction card
    • Season Pass to all post-launch DLC content (five packs confirmed)
    • MyRISE Mega-Boost and SuperCharger packs for Deluxe Edition
    • Three-day early access on March 14
  • Icon Edition - For $119.99, you get all that's included in the Deluxe Edition and extras such as:
    • Ruthless Aggression Pack
      • John Cena as Prototype
      • Batista as Leviathan
      • Brock Lesnar (Developmental rookie version)
      • Randy Orton (Development rookie version)
    • John Cena Legacy Championship
    • WrestleMania 22 Arena
    • Emerald Paul Heyman MyFaction Manager Card
    • 3 x Deluxe Premium Launch MyFaction Card Packs

It'll be interesting to see what else we'll find out about WWE 2K23 after this weekend's Royal Rumble where 2K Sports will hold a showcase for the game.

Ray Ampoloquio
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