WWE 13: Latest News, Updates and Info About the Game

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 27, 2012

image from thq.com
image from thq.com

THQ's WWE '13 is shaping up as one of the most complete and engrossing wrestling video games to date, and I've got my ear to the cyber street for every detail regarding the game.

I'll be tracking the developments from now up until the release of the game. I'll culminate the release coverage with a demo impression when its available. Then I'll kick off post-release coverage with a full review.

Here are the vitals for the upcoming release:


Release Date: October 30, 2012

Formats: Xbox 360, PS3 & Nintendo Wii

Publisher: THQ


Be sure to bookmark this article for the latest information as its released. The latest update will always be closest to the top.


Update: 8,21/2012 by Brian Mazique


New Entrances and Finishers Revealed


Brodus Clay



Dolph Ziggler



Mike Tyson






Mark Henry




Update: 8/18/2012 by Brian Mazique


Full WWE' 13 Roster


The full WWE' 13 roster was revealed for the retail version of the game on Saturday in Los Angeles. Here it is fresh from the IGN live stream:

  • The Bella Sisters
  • Eve
  • CM Punk
  • Lita
  • AJ
  • Kharma
  • Kelly Kelly
  • Rey Mysterio
  • The Rock
  • R-Truth
  • Santino
  • Sheamus
  • Sin Cara
  • Primo
  • Epico
  • Triple H
  • Undetaker (with mohawk)
  • Jinder Mahal
  • Wade Barrett
  • Zack Ryder
  • Alicia Fox
  • Beth Phoenix
  • Kevin Nash
  • Kofi Kingston
  • Mark Henry
  • The Miz
  • Randy Orton
  • John Cena
  • Great Khali
  • Heath Slater
  • Hunico
  • Jack Swagger
  • John Laurinaitis
  • Chris Jericho
  • Christian
  • Cody Rhodes
  • Daniel Bryan
  • David Otunga
  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Edge
  • Alberto Del Rio
  • Big Show
  • Booker T
  • Brock Lesnar
  • Brodus Clay
  • Doctor of Funk John Cena
  • JBL
  • Justin Gabriel

Attitude Era
  • Christian
  • Dude Love
  • Eddie Guerrero
  • Edge
  • Godfather
  • Hunter Hearst Hemsley
  • HHH
  • Kane
  • Ken Shamrock
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Undertaker
  • Vader
  • X-Pac
  • Lita
  • Stephanie McMahon
  • Trish Stratus
  • Mankind
  • Mark Henry
  • Mr. McMahon
  • Big Show Paul Wight
  • Road Dogg
  • The Rock
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin
  • Shane McMahon
  • Mike Tyson
  • Road Warriors
  • Big Boss Man
  • Billy Gunn
  • Acolytes
  • Bret Hart
  • British Bulldog
  • Cactus Jack
  • Y2J Chris Jericho


It was announced that Damien Sandow would be DLC.


Update: 8/15/2012 by Brian Mazique


The full WWE' 13 roster will be announced at SummerSlam Fan Axxess, per THQ, and I'm pumped for the announcement. In the meantime, four new screenshots and sets of videos were released.

They feature John Cena, Attitude Era Undertaker, Sheamus and the Big Show. Check them out below.

Also, in a small tid-bit, THQ and WWE 13 will be offering CM Punk Ice Cream Bar t-shirts to people that pre-order the game at selected retailers in the USA and Canada. Here's a picture:


Update: 8/9/2012 by Brian Mazique

Cory Ledesma has to be the hottest name on the video game interview circuit. Here's yet another interview with THQ's WWE Creative Director. There are a few details he expounds upon on previously covered topics.

He answers one question I had in regard to matches pitting the same superstar from different eras against each other.

Check it out:


Also, a new Stone Cold Steve Austin screenshot was released from Smackdown Hotel:


Update: 8/8/2012 by Brian Mazique:

WWE Games released this Developer Q&A with Cory Ledesma on Wednesday. The THQ community had some really great questions for THQ and WWE Games' Creative Director.

The new pinfall system was confirmed. No more pins after an arm drag, unless of course you're lame enough to make that your finishing move.

The probability that a successful pin will take place will be affected by the last move done to the downed wrestler.

Also Ledesma touches on the new respect for weight disparity. Now the light heavyweight-sized superstars will not be able to hoist the super-heavyweights as they were before.

That certainly is a welcomed change. Check out the video for all of the details:


Update: 8/7/2012 by Brian Mazique:


New Entrance Videos, Footage of Finishers, Screenshots and More From THQ.com


It was announced today on the THQ website that new WWE' 13 videos will be released every Tuesday leading up to release on October 30.

Here's this week's batch:


Chris Jericho




CM Punk







Attitude Era Mark Henry




The Miz




Stone Cold Steve Austin




Update: 7/28/2012

A nice new trailer from Evolve Entertainment. It features an interview with Bryce Yang, the Senior Global Brand Manager for WWE at THQ. 

There is a glimpse of some Mike Tyson footage in the game, and more details about the WWE Live sound enhancements. Take a look:


Update: 7/27/2012

More Screenshots from WWE' 13 Facebook Page

The Undertaker sends Mankind for a ride off the top of the Hell in a Cell.

CM Punk shows off the new dynamic cameras as he leaps out at an injured Chris Jericho, and Steve Austin stomps a mud-hole in Mankind.


Here's what we know so far:


The Cover Superstar and Theme

Was CM Punk being chosen as the cover star a hint that he would be turning heel? It seems like it now as the game's theme is an ode to the Attitude Era.

Punk may be about to remind us just what the WWE was like when Attitude ruled.


The Roster

Judging by all of the empty spots on the WWE '13 roster page, the collection of playable superstars promises to be a rather robust one. As of now, the following stars are confirmed to be included in the retail version:

  • Nation of Domination Mark Henry
  • The Miz
  • John Cena
  • Mike Tyson
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin
  • Undertaker
  • Sheamus
  • Mankind
  • Current Mark Henry
  • CM Punk
  • Chris Jericho
  • Big Show

There are still 66 empty slots. Check out the entire roster page here. Also check back here for details as the remaining roster is revealed.

Here are some screenshots of the game from thq.com and the WWE '13 facebook page:




The Game Engine, New Gameplay Features & Sound

The game engine uses the Predator 2.0 technology and it should provide the most fluid and lifelike action ever seen in a WWE video game.

WWE '13 will feature hellacious moves like super-plexes to the concrete, super-plexes that collapse the ring, and new catch-and-counter finishers.

If this recently released trailer is any indication things are looking good.

The chaining of moves and action is what makes for awesome real-life in-ring action, and this engine seems to simulate it well.

WWE '13 will also utilize the WWE Live feature. This is a sound enhancement designed to better capture the authentic sounds of an arena during a WWE event.

There is also a new dual-commentating team option. Gamers can choose the Attitude Era team of Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler, or the current team of Lawler and Michael Cole.


Game Modes

Per THQ, gamers have the ability to play through WWE Universe 3.0, an enhancement of the popular feature from the last two WWE games. There's also the ability to play through the Attitude Era as one of eight key superstars from the time.

Community Creations will also return.

Hopefully the servers will be a little more kind to the community than they were for WWE '12. There were some awesome creations available, and I'll highlight some of them after WWE '13 is released.

Last but not least is the return of the Special Referee match. Fans have wanted it and THQ has delivered. It was confirmed by Cory LeDesma, the Creative Director for WWE games with THQ via Twitter:

Yes! Yes! Yes! Special Referee match is back in #WWE13! Yes! Yes! Yes!

— Cory Ledesma (@RealCoryLedesma) July 26, 2012


DLC and Pre-Order Bonuses

There's almost certainly going to be downloadable content. The details haven't been revealed, but a collector's edition/pre-order bonus has been revealed.


The "Austin 3:16" edition will have tons of Stone Cold in-game content like attires, signature entrances a playable version of Mike Tyson and more. It will also include an autographed art card, t-shirt and other goodies.

These extras are only available to those that pre-order.

This trailer outlines the details:



As more DLC options become available I'll have them for you.

It's going to be a fun next three months as the information begins to come out. Keep it locked to the top of this page for the latest.


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