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WWE 2K23 features a hidden action figure version of John Cena, it’s been discovered.
The game is currently in the early access phase for pre-order customers and goes on full sale tomorrow, but dataminers are already picking through the game to look for locked content.
Specifically, they’re focusing on the game’s MyFaction mode, which lets players build a roster of WWE superstars. This mode will feature exclusive attires that won’t all be available in other modes, so dataminers have been trying to find which attires are currently being locked away.
During these investigations, it would appear that a character called ‘Action Figure John Cena’ has been discovered, who looks exactly like a Mattel WWE action figure.
The character appears to be made of plastic and features a static expression on his face, and also features articulated joints like an action figure would.
It’s not yet clear how Action Figure John Cena can be unlocked, but for now it appears that he will be exclusive to the MyFaction mode.
Given that WWE 2K23 has a Locker Codes feature where players can enter time-limited codes to unlock characters and other items in MyFaction, it could be that it can only be unlocked this way.
One likely outcome is that players may have to buy a physical Mattel WWE John Cena action figure, which may come with a Locker Code included which has to be redeemed in the game to unlock the figure as a playable character.
Some dataminers such as WhatsTheStatus have been extracting MyFaction-exclusive attires, saving them as created wrestlers and uploading them through the game’s Community Creations mode so players can download them and use them in other modes.
However, nobody seems to have figured out how to do this with Action Figure John Cena yet, perhaps because of the character model used.
WWE 2K23 releases for consoles and PC on March 17, and includes a new WarGames mode, which offers 3v3 and 4v4 matches in the unique WarGames structure, consisting of two rings side-by-side inside a steel cage.
It also features a Showcase mode starring John Cena, which spans 20 years of his career and is narrated by Cena himself.