WWE 2K22 is looking to mark a new chapter for the series with a release date on the horizon for the coming months.
While official news is still scarce, here's what we know so far about WWE 2K22.
Latest News - WWE 2K22 is last shot at saving series
With speculation running wild that WWE is gearing up for the company to be sold to a larger media conglomerate down the line, pressure is mounting for WWE 2K22.
With the struggles of WWE 2K20 and declining sales of the series overall, this could be the last chance for WWE Games to keep the struggling franchise alive.
WWE 2K22 Release Date
There is currently no official release date for WWE 2K22, but the game has been confirmed and 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 May or June 2022.
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.
Looking at the landscape of WWE right now, the most likely choices seem to be Sasha Banks or another cover for Roman Reigns.
WWE superstars recorded voiceovers at the Royal Rumble
While updates are still quite scarce, some recent news about WWE 2K22 came through Mike Johnson of PWInsider.
In a report on the same day as WWE Royal Rumble 2021, Johnson stated representatives from 2K Games were going to be at the arena to record voiceovers and that there are plans for most, and perhaps all, of the roster to be scanned for the series.
It's the first news we'd heard about WWE 2K22 since a Reddit Q&A was done by WWE 2K Executive Producer Patrick Gilmore on May 29, 2020.
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.
NXT UK confirmed by dev video
The latest behind the scenes look at the development of WWE 2K22 has also managed to confirm an NXT UK presence in the upcoming title.
One of the moves seen in the video that's being captured for WWE 2K22 is Torpedo Moscow, and that signature belongs to NXT UK superstar Ilja Dragunov.
It's unlikely we'd see him in the game without other NXT UK mainstays like Walter and Kay Lee Ray, so fans can expect to see them as well.