The announcement of all the options in WWE Universe 3.0 in WWE 13 puts the enhancements to the Create-an-Arena mode in perspective. The details of both features fit together quite nicely.
In the Universe mode, you can create your own weekly shows. Gamers will have the option to customize the presentation graphics, the roster brand that appears in the shows and yes, the arenas. This means you can create arenas specifically for the shows you create.
Coming up with themes and personalities for shows should be a blast, especially for ultra-creative fans that fantasize about being a part of WWE creative. If you want to create a show that is low-budget but hardcore like ECW, you can do that.
The Create-an-Arena mode will allow you to build the smaller venues to capture that appropriate atmosphere. If you want to create a huge show with mega-stars, you can do that. A large venue that seats 50,000 people or more would seem like an appropriate arena for a show on that scale.
The ability to schedule the weekly shows is another plus. It hasn't been announced whether moving or canceling Monday Night Raw and/or Friday Night Smackdown is an option, but customizing the weekly programming is like creating your own wrestling network.
You can culminate the month by creating your own pay-per-views.
This is another instance where the Create-an-Arena mode can come into play. If you want to create a venue specifically for a created pay-per-view, the options are there. For the first time this year, you can even create outdoor venues.
I loved the look of the Tribute to the Troops arena in WWE 12. It will be fun to create something along those lines, or even a venue like Sun Life Stadium, the site of WrestleMania XXVIII.
Perhaps the coolest aspect of this concept is that you don't have to use any of the ideas I mentioned. You can do whatever you want, and who doesn't like to hear that.
This is shaping up as one of the most, if not the most expansive creation suite in console gaming history. That is a bold statement that won't be proven until release, but if the modes and options are what they appear to be, that statement is accurate.
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