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WWE 2K24’s Release Date, Cover Star And New Gameplay Additions Have Been Revealed

Wrestling has more than one royal family

2K has revealed that WWE 2K24 will be released on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC on March 8, with The American Nightmare Cody Rhodes being named as the game’s cover star.

The latest release of Visual Concepts’ wrestling series, 2K24 is set to bring a roster of changes and improvements, alongside new modes and mechanics. The wrestling business is built around visuals, so it stands to reason that making it to the game’s cover is a big deal. As mentioned, the Standard Edition will feature the son of a son of a plumber, Cody Rhodes, but it’s the deluxe edition that’ll have us Aussies smiling. The Deluxe Edition will be graced by two female superstars, with the EST of WWE, Bianca Belair, being joined by Australia’s own Rhea Ripley. Lastly, the Forty Years of Wrestlemania Edition will sport the likeness of various wrestlers that have embodied the spirit of the Showcase of the Immortals over the event’s long history.

Moving past the covers, 2K24 features several changes and additions that look to set it apart from last year’s entry. This year’s showcase mode focuses on the history of WrestleMania, allowing players to take part in some of the biggest and most important matches from the Showcase of the Immortals from the past 40 years. Four new match types are also on the way, including Special Guest Referee, Ambulance Match, Casket Match, and Gauntlet Match. The Backstage Brawl will also be expanded to allow for up to four players at once.

A few exciting little changes have also been announced, like super finishers, top rope dives onto groups, a trading blows minigame, and the reintroduction of real-world referees, ditching the random and boring refs from years gone by.

You know who will be plastered across each of the editions, so it’s probably worth knowing that they each come with too. Here are the four different editions of 2K23 that will be available for purchase:

  • The Standard Edition will be available for $99.99 on previous-gen platforms (PS4, Xbox One) and PC and for $109.99 on current-gen consoles (PS5, Xbox Series X|S).
  • The Standard Cross-Gen Digital Edition will be available for $119.99 on PlayStation and Xbox consoles. The Standard Cross-Gen Digital Edition includes the Standard Edition across previous and current-gen platforms within the same console family and the same PlayStation or Xbox account.
  • The Deluxe Edition will be available for $149.99 for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. The Deluxe Edition includes the Standard Cross-Gen Edition, Nightmare Family Pack, plus a Season Pass to all five post-launch DLC content packs*******; the MyRISE Mega-Boost and SuperCharger; Gold Rarity Rhea Ripley MyFACTION Card, Gold Rarity Bianca Belair MyFACTION Card, and alternate attires for Bianca and Rhea. The Deluxe Edition will be available from March 5, 2024 – three days ahead of Standard and Cross-Gen Editions.
  • The Forty Years of WrestleMania Edition will be available for $179.99 for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. In addition to the Standard Cross-Gen Edition and all bonus content included in the Deluxe Edition, the Forty Years of WrestleMania Edition includes the Forty Years of WrestleMania Pack, which features alternate attires for “Macho King” Randy Savage (WrestleMania 6), Rey Mysterio (WrestleMania 22), Triple H (WrestleMania 30), Charlotte Flair (WrestleMania 33), and Rhea Ripley (WrestleMania 36), as well as Gold Rarity MyFACTION cards for each, instant unlocking of all playable Showcase characters, and the WrestleMania 40 Arena, which will be available after launch.******* The Forty Years of WrestleMania Edition will be available from March 5, 2024 – three days ahead of Standard and Standard Cross-Gen Editions.

As is tradition, we’ll get our first proper glimpse of WWE 2K24 during today’s episode of Monday Night Raw, so keep your eyes peeled.

Year after year the WWE 2K games have been rebuilding from the downfall that was 2K20, with last year’s iteration being a particular highlight. A solid MyRise mode, a Cena Showcase and some substantial changes made WWE 2K23 a blast to play (we gave it an 8.5), so the hope is that 2K24 can top it.

Are you stoked that the Dominator is gracing the Deluxe Edition of 2K24? Let us know in the comments or on our social media.

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Written By Adam Ryan

Adam's undying love for all things PlayStation can only be rivalled by his obsession with vacuuming. Whether it's a Dyson or a DualShock in hand you can guarantee he has a passion for it. PSN: TheVacuumVandal XBL: VacuumVandal Steam: TheVacuumVandal

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