31 Aug 2021 5:38 PM +00:00

WWE 2K22 Release Date: Gameplay trailer revealed along with major delay

The WWE 2K22 release date has been delayed, but fans are still hopeful the title can deliver when that time finally comes.

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Following the change of plans, here's everything we know so far about the WWE 2K22 release date and how soon payers will learn more about the title.

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With WWE 2K22 officially delayed, there was some hope of what signal this sends about a commitment to making sure the title is high quality upon release.

However, we're now learning that WWE fought hard to prevent the delay, and it took the work of developers to get the time they need to do things the right way.

With tensions at an all time high, we took a look at a recent report showing why 2K and WWE could be done if WWE 2K22 doesn't absolutely deliver.

WWE 2K22 Release Date

We've finally learned that WWE 2K22 is currently scheduled for a release date in March 2022.

This is a significant change for the series which has traditionally released in October and the Fall during recent years, and we were initially expecting a release date close to October 19, 2021.

The delay is frustrating in some ways, but it's a great sign that developers are committed to making a quality game by the time WWE 2K22 is finally released.

Announcement Trailer at WrestleMania 37

The first big news for WWE 2K22 landed as the reveal trailer premiered during Night One of WrestleMania 37.

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This early teaser gave fans a look at gameplay footage, though they did note it's from "a work-in-progress build."

This was just the beginning, and we got an even better look when a second trailer dropped during SummerSlam 2021.

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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.

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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.