31 Aug 2021 2:51 PM +00:00

WWE 2K22: Release Date, Trailer, Game Modes, Cover Superstar & more

WWE 2K22 may still be months away from a release date thanks to the delay, but that won't stop the hopes of many who want this to be the best game in years.

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With more footage being released, here's what we know so far about WWE 2K22 and when we're expecting to learn more about the title.

Latest - WWE & 2K relationship "seriously strained"

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After news landed that WWE 2K22 had officially been delayed until March 2022, a new report hit indicating major issues between WWE and 2K Games.

The choice to delay the game was apparently one that developers had to fight hard for, as WWE insisted on going with the previously planned release window of October or November 2021.

We've got more details here on that situation and how it could potentially see 2K leave WWE altogether.

WWE 2K22 Release Date

While the game was confirmed as far back as April of 2020, fans are apparently going to have to wait almost a full year from that announcement to get their hands on the title.

WWE 2K22 has been given an official release date in March 2022, and we will hopefully learn the exact day as that release window approaches.

When WWE 2K20 faced significant launch issues, 2K Games took the massive step of canceling the planned WWE 2K21 release.

Rather than choosing to cancel WWE 2K22 entirely, the delay now positions it in a way where the current title is still applicable.

Reveal Trailer

The official WWE 2K22 reveal trailer arrived on night one of WrestleMania 37 on April 10, 2021.

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The trailer can be seen above, and this early glimpse showed gameplay footage from a "work-in-progress build" featuring Rey Mysterio and Cesaro.

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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.

Cover Superstar

Exactly when we get news of the WWE 2K22 cover star isn't known, but it could come in January 2022 as the release window approaches.

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.

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The mobile multi-camera scanning rig shown for NBA 2K22 is the same one that 2K Sports and Visual Concepts was seen using for Booker T during the development of WWE 2K22.

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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.

You can find more details here on that tech and what it could mean for WWE 2K22.

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.

WWE 2K20 screenshot from Universe Mode
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UNIVERSE OR GM: Which game modes will WWE 2K22 give us?

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.
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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.