From all that I've seen and researched thus far concerning WWE 13, I'll say that it looks somewhat promising though certainly not ambitious. They've had the opportunities to work out the kinks that plagued WWE 12's engine in addition to having a central theme to back on (The Attitude Era). Hopefully it feels more standalone and doesn't come off as WWE 12-2.
I just read Cory's most recent interview (http://www.incgamers.com/2012/08/wwe...-attitude-era/
) and I'll say that I'm" definitely not surprised that a lot of things had to be scaled back. My hope is that this game will have a good lifespan because it felt like people got tired of WWE 12 and the last couple of SvRs rather quickly. No doubt this game will sell well regardless if pre-orders are any indication.