WWE 2K22 may not have gotten any big announcements lately, but the anticipation is still building towards a release date in the next few months.
Here's everything we know so far about WWE 2K22, and some details on when we think the next big reveal could be coming.
Latest News - Ric Flair yet another legend out of WWE
It's beginning to sound like a broken record, but yet another big name has departed WWE, and this time it's legendary two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.
As reported by both Fightful and WrestlingInc, Flair asked to be released from his WWE contract and that request was granted.
While it's possible an existing part of the agreement or future royalties already covers WWE 2K22, it's unlikely WWE will keep him in the game if he's not working with the company.
As the wrestling world continues to heat up, and AEW is brimming with former members of the Four Horsemen, WWE would be smart not to risk releasing a game featuring someone who could be in AEW by the time fans are playing the game.
It's yet another blow in an already dwindling roster, and we've got more details here on everyone who is expected to be missing from WWE 2K22.
WWE 2K22 could get a SummerSlam reveal
WWE 2K22 was announced as the sponsor of WWE SummerSlam 2021 during Money in the Bank back on August 18, and it's a big sign of more to come.
While we haven't seen much from this past WWE 2K22 getting name-dropped on WWE television now every time they show the SummerSlam logo and advertise it, there will likely be a big reveal at the event.
With potential high for a gameplay trailer or other significant drop, we took a closer look here at what might be coming during SummerSlam.
WWE 2K22 Release Date
There is currently no official release date for WWE 2K22, but the game has been confirmed and is coming later this year.
When WWE 2K20 faced significant launch issues, 2K Games took the massive step of cancelling the planned WWE 2K21 release.
They could've put things off for another year, but it's unlikely WWE or 2K Games wants to lose out on yet another release after these last two major setbacks.
While 2K Games did put out WWE 2K Battlegrounds in 2020, that arcade-styled title existed separate of the regular WWE 2K series and brought a very different type of gameplay.
Every single installment of the WWE 2K series since 2K Games took control of the franchise in 2013 has released in October, so a release date in late October 2021 is probably a safe bet.
The official WWE 2K22 reveal trailer arrived on night one of WrestleMania 37 on April 10, 2021.
The trailer can be seen above, and this early glimpse showed gameplay footage from a "work-in-progress build" featuring Rey Mysterio and Cesaro.
They indicated more details would be coming soon, but did not officially announce when another trailer or more in-depth look will arrive.
We could get a more in-depth trailer at SummerSlam 2021, but the most likely next arrival will be a Cover Star reveal for WWE 2K22.
Exactly when we get news of the WWE 2K22 cover star isn't known, but it could come as early as July or August 2021.
WWE 2K18 featured Seth Rollins as the cover superstar. WWE 2K19 went with AJ Styles, and WWE 2K20 chose a dual-pairing with Roman Reigns and Becky Lynch.
With a mix of legends and rising stars in mind, we took a look here at some of the top contenders for WWE 2K22 cover star.
WWE 2K22 using same face scan tech as NBA 2K22
With news rolling in about NBA 2K22, a new behind the scenes video showing cover athlete Dirk Nowitzki getting scanned for the title has revealed a similarity to WWE 2K22.
The mobile multi-camera scanning rig shown for NBA 2K22 is the same one that 2K Sports and Visual Concepts was seen using for Ric Flair and Booker T during development of WWE 2K22.
While it's not exactly a surprise that the studio is utilizing their tech across both titles, it's still a great sign about the potential that WWE 2K22 has to deliver the most gorgeous game in series history.
New Features and Game Modes
One of the biggest questions about WWE 2K22 that remains unanswered is exactly which features and game modes it might have.
While nothing is official, the Reddit Q&A with Patrick Gilmore provided lots of great bits of information about where their focus is throughout development.
In one of his answers, Gilmore provided these six pillars that indicate their primary focus in developing future games for the WWE 2K series.
- Core Gameplay: making the superstar vs. superstar gameplay the best it's ever been.
- Emergence: leveraging physics and more generic object/environment systems to enable spectacular gameplay that players feel in control of
- WWEX (WWE Experience): delivering an end-to-end true WWE experience in all aspects of the game, from UI and wrapper, to superstars, match types and story modes.
- Online: improving all aspects of the online experience.
- Character: make the best looking superstars of all time.
- Create: Upgrade the creation suite, and make our community creation tools feel like magic to use.
Unfortunately, this leaves things unclear about whether the fan-favorite GM Mode will return to the series or what the Universe Mode from recent versions might look like moving forward.
Considering the major flaws that hampered the release of WWE 2K20, it's probably a good thing that 2K Games is focusing on these core pieces to ensure they deliver an enjoyable and working product with WWE 2K22.