Gambling wrestling fans have certainly already marked March 17, 2023 in their calendars, because shortly before WrestleMania, the biggest premium live event of the year, WWE 2K23, the new game for the sports-entertainment market leader, will be released on this day. After the crappy WWE 2K20, the series made a solid comeback last year with WWE 2K22. While the game didn’t live up to the series’ heyday, it was fun and provided a good base for future games to build on. We were allowed to play WWE 2K23 a short time ago and can already say that the new part will be a small but consistent further development of the direct predecessor.
WWE 2K23 (buy now €99.99 / €53.99 ) however, faces a small problem: its predecessor offered the biggest roster of all time, but many of the WWE Superstars represented in it were no longer under WWE contracts at the time of publication, but had migrated to the rival promotion AEW, to which this year the wrestling game AEW: Fight Forever will be released. So the developers of Visual Concepts had to gather a lot of wrestlers for WWE 2K23 in order to be able to continue to present a huge roster for the release. However, this leaves less choice for the usual DLC packages, which are always sold individually or all together in the season pass some time after the release.
Shortly before the release, 2K unveiled the DLC pack for the new game and presented a mixture of legends, newcomers and some leftovers. 2K has not yet given any information on the price of the individual packages or for the season pass, which also included a few bonuses last year. There was also no information on the release dates of the packages. However, it is likely that the DLCs will cost as much as the predecessor. The price for individual wrestler packs was 9.99 euros and for the season pass 39.99 euros.
The DLC packages at a glance:
- Steiner Row Pack: Scott Steiner, Rick Steiner, B-Fab, Top Dolla, Ashante Adonis
- Pretty Sweet Pack: Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Tiffany Stratton, Elton Prince, Kit Wilson
- Race to NXT Pack: Harley Race, Ivey Nile, Wendy Choo, Tony D’Angelo, Trick Williams
- Revel with Wyatt Pack: Bray Wyatt, Zeus, Sarah Logan, Joe Gacy, Blaire Davenport
- Bad News Pack: Eve Torres, Wade Barrett, Damon Kemp, Andre Chase, Nathan Frazer
Long-time wrestling fans will surely enjoy the legendary Steiner Brothers and Harley Race, while trash fans will probably enjoy pitting Zeus against Hulk Hogan. Bray Wyatt should also be a driving force. However, one must unfortunately also say that each package lives from one, maximum of two superstars and the rest is more of an accessory. Eve Torres or Tony D’Angelo are unlikely to have been on anyone’s wish list. So once again it gives the impression that the roster extensions will at most appeal to die-hard fans and the rest of the target group can safely save themselves the money.