WWE 2K24 Artist Blasts AI Cover Art Accusation

Earlier today, many of the official details for WWE 2K24 were rolled out, including an emphasis on its cover stars: Cody Rhodes, Rhea Ripley, and Bianca Belair. Rhodes will appear on the cover of the standard edition release, with Ripley and Belair gracing the deluxe edition. There is a third edition being released as well called “40 Years Of WrestleMania,” which features a variety of some of the biggest names of all time, like The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, and The Undertaker.

Earlier today, a fan on social media shared the WWE 2K24 “40 Years Of WrestleMania” edition cover on social media and pointed out perceived AI-generated imagery. Steve Austin only having four fingers on each hand, John Cena’s shirt text being swirled, and Hulk Hogan’s mere inclusion were all pointed to as examples. The third one about Hogan was obviously meant as a joke.

The tweet was shared thousands of times within a few hours, prompting WWE 2K24 graphic artist Johathan Barltett to fire off a pair of posts.

“Ummmmmmmmm Hi,” he began the first post. “This 1000000000% human made, by me.”

“But honestly,” he kicked off the second. “I’m gonna triple down on my F-CK A.I, because this is what we deal with now. Skepticism from others that will be quick to jump to a conclusion with out giving it thought. And now here i am defending my hard earned AND learned craft of picture making.”

The original fan post that Barlett was responding to has been deleted.

You can find the official trailer for WWE 2K24, which dropped earlier today, courtesy of the embedded video player below.