WWE 2K23: Early access unlock time, release date, trailers, & more

WWE 2K23: Early access unlock time, release date, trailers, & more
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Dave McAdam

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13th Mar 2023 16:53

The WWE 2K23 release date has been announced, alongside plenty more exciting info. WWE 2K23 looks to continue the positive changes made by 2K22, after a few years of poor reception. The release date is even sooner than you might think, so we need to get stuck in with all these details. Here is everything you need to know ahead of the WWE 2K23 release date.

WWE 2K23 release date and early access unlock time

WWE 2K23 Release date: The covers of the various editions, with their release dates
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There are two dates on which you can get your hands on WWE 2K23. The Standard Edition, which will be available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam, will release on March 17 2023.

There are two other versions of the game, the Deluxe Edition and the Icon Edition, each with extra content included. Should you purchase either of these editions, you will gain access to the game three days early, on March 14 2023 at 4 AM GMT.

WWE 2K23 Trailers

WWE 2K23 Release Date: The Rock hitting the Rock Bottom on John Cena
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We got our first look at WWE 2K23 in late January when it was announced that John Cena would be the cover athlete for the game. Having just passed 20 years since his WWE debut, the big theme of this year's game is the historic career of the 16-time world champion. It seems we can expect a showcase mode featuring many of Cena's biggest matches and moments through the years.

Then in early February, an extended look at 2K23 gameplay was shown off in the Your Time Is Now gameplay trailer. This showed off many of the wrestlers appearing in the game, as well as the first inclusion of War Games in the series.

WWE 2K23 Pre-Order Bonus

WWE 2K23 Release Date: Bad Bunny, who will feature in the game
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It is tradition now that there be at least one extra wrestler included as a pre-order bonus in these games, and this game is no different. Although it is not his first vocation, the rapper, singer, and burgeoning actor Bad Bunny will appear in the game as a pre-order bonus character.

Bad Bunny made waves when he first entered a WWE ring at Wrestlemania a few years ago, turning in a performance far beyond what anyone expected. Since then, he has made several appearances in the ring and established himself as one of if not the best celebrity guest wrestlers WWE has ever seen.

That is everything we have on WWE 2K23 for now, including gameplay and the release date. For more info on the game as and when it comes out, stick with GGRecon.

Dave is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon, after several years of freelancing across the industry. He covers a wide range of games, with particular focus on shooters like Destiny 2, RPGs like Baldur's Gate 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, and fighting games like Street Fighter 6 and Tekken 8.