22 Jul 2021 8:50 PM +00:00

Here's when you can expect WWE 2K22 to arrive

WWE 2K22 could be a few short months away from this year's release date, and that means excitement is only growing.

With all the latest news in one place, here's everything we know so far about the WWE 2K22 release date and when you could start playing.

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Latest News - Reveal could land at SummerSlam

We might finally know when to expect the next big reveal for WWE 2K22, and it's less than one month away!

During Money in the Bank back on July 18 and the following night on WWE Raw, it was confirmed that WWE 2K22 will be the official sponsor of this year's SummerSlam.

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ONE MONTH AWAY: SummerSlam isn't far out, and it'll be a major showcase

With a major focus on SummerSlam being as big as possible this year, we're hoping for a major trailer or gameplay reveal and dove deeper here into what they could have on the way.

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.

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MAKING AN ENTRANCE: WWE 2K22 will need to make a big splash later this year

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.


Early Access

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.

We should know for sure once pre orders go live, which is likely to land after the WWE 2K22 cover star is revealed, and we've looked at multiple potential contenders for this year's slot.

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.

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UNDISPUTED DEMO: A preview would go a long way for players

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.

WWE 2K22 using same face scan tech as NBA 2K22

We recently started getting a flurry of major news about the upcoming release of NBA 2K22, including reveals of cover athletes like the legendary Dirk Nowitzki.


With 2K Sports and Visual Concepts handling the creation of both NBA 2K22 and WWE 2K22, it's no shock to realize that the digital face scanning camera rig they created has now been spotted in behind the scenes footage for both games.

After severe criticism about the graphics, face scan, and models in WWE 2K20, this is the best sign yet that WWE 2K22 could be the best the series has ever looked.

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.

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RISK AND REWARD: Next gen could be a major boon for WWE 2K22

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.

We took a closer look here at some of the ways WWE 2K22 can go bigger than ever with next gen technology.

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