With the WWE 2K22 release date peering over the horizon, the hype train continues to role for what has the potential to be the best wrestling release in years.
This is everything we know so far about the WWE 2K22 release date and exactly when players will be able to get in on the action.
Latest News - Pressure mounts for WWE 2K22
Speculation has been running wild that WWE is in corporate prep mode for an eventual company sale, and that's raising big questions about WWE 2K22.
With the series showing signs of struggle over the past years and the abysmal failure of WWE 2K20 in mind, the pressure is higher than ever for WWE 2K22 to succeed.
WWE 2K22 Release Date
While we don't have an official WWE 2K22 release date just yet, previous years give us a good indication of when the title should be expected.
While things have varied a bit over the years, WWE 2K has almost exclusively launched titles in October, and the WWE pay-per-view event expected that month is WWE Hell in a Cell, possibly on October 17, 2021.
With WWE 2K22 likely to be a sponsor for that show as it was in previous years, a post-event launch lines up, making the most likely WWE 2K22 release date October 19, 2021.
Announcement Trailer at WrestleMania 37
The first big news for WWE 2K22 has finally landed as the reveal trailer premiered during Night One of WrestleMania 37.
This early teaser has given fans a look at gameplay footage, though they do note it's from "a work-in-progress build."
Even if this is preliminary, the footage looks like things are taking a major step forward after the way WWE 2K20 turned out.
The brief visuals and gameplay shown are a great start, and there should be more to come following this first look at WWE 2K22.
While WWE 2K22 is likely to offer some major pre order bonuses, especially if players decide to get the Deluxe Edition, it doesn't look like Early Access will be one of them.
While several sports titles have begun to jump on the Early Access bandwagon and allow players to start playing three or four days before launch, it looks unlikely anyone gets the full game until the WWE 2K22 release date.
However, there is a chance WWE 2K22 could take a cue from recent NBA 2K releases when it comes to giving a different kind of sneak peek.
WWE 2K22 Demo
We didn't see a WWE 2K20 demo when that game released in 2019, but with NBA 2K21 seeing success with their own demo that could be set to change this year.
Especially with the hiccups from a few years ago, 2K Games and WWE could make major strides to remedying those mistakes by giving players the opportunity to play the game themselves before the WWE 2K22 release date.
While a demo would likely be limited with basic gameplay and modes, it would at least allow them to prove the game works as intended and isn't as broken as WWE 2K20 was at launch.
Going Next Gen
This looks likely to be the first year that the WWE 2K video game series lands on next gen platforms, and it could be a major opportunity for the title.
If we see WWE 2K22 go next gen, they could add next gen-exclusive game modes or other special features in addition to general graphics improvements.
The technology is there, but only time will tell they're being utilized when we finally arrive at this year's WWE 2K22 release date.
NXT UK roster confirmed
While it's not clear exactly how many members of the brand will be in WWE 2K22, we now know that NXT UK will have a presence in the WWE 2K22 roster.
This is thanks to the latest WWE 2K22 video showing behind the scenes development of the title, this time with a glimpse at the motion capture process.
One move shown being captured is Torpedo Moscow, a signature of NXT UK superstar Ilja Dragunov, and he'll likely be joined in the game by other NXT UK mainstays like Kay Lee Ray and Walter.