WWE 2K22 is still months away, but news is starting to trickle out about the title being in development and potentially on schedule after the cancellation of WWE 2K21.
If WWE 2K22 does indeed end up being the return of the wrestling sim series, who might end up making the final WWE 2K22 Roster, and who from WWE 2K20 won't be there this time?
Latest - Motion capture officially underway
While most news has been a bit scarce about WWE 2K22, we do finally know that 2K Games has begun motion capture recording for the title.
Former WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins has worked with 2K Games before for motion capture on the WWE 2K series, and now it looks like that work has picked back up for WWE 2K22.
In a pair of tweets, TJP confirmed that he is being currently tested frequently for COVID by 2K Games so he can work on motion capture with them, and he followed it up with a video of the motion capture itself.
We don't yet have a confirmed release date for WWE 2K22, and WWE Games also hasn't officially announced the game is happening.
With the cancellation of WWE 2K21 throwing a wrench into their regular schedule, they've had to shift gears and will be looking to right the ship with WWE 2K22.
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So long as we don't see another big delay, we can expect a release in late October 2021, which lines up with the release dates the series has seen in recent years.
We don't yet have any reveals when it comes to the full roster for WWE 2K22, but we can get a good idea of when it'll happen by looking at how WWE 2K20 and other recent installments handled this.
WWE 2K20 dropped their big roster reveal all at once on October 10, 2019 with Smosh Games, which was ten days before the title released on October 22, 2019.
In previous years that reveal had been spaced out over a few week period, so we can likely expect to start learning about the full WWE 2K22 roster in September or October of 2021.
Not Returning from WWE 2K20
While we don't yet know who will be a part of the roster in WWE 2K22, we can pinpoint some names that definitely won't be coming back.
With a whole year off thanks to WWE 2K21's cancellation, there has been plenty of turnover and some names that won't be seen in WWE 2K titles for the foreseeable future.
- Big Show
- Heath Slater
- Karl Anderson
- Luke Gallows
- Mike Kanellis
- Zack Ryder
- Zelina Vega
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With each of these names having departed WWE through the last few years, it's unlikely they'll find their way back into WWE 2K22.
Who will be the highest rated superstar in WWE 2K22?
One of the big questions going into a new WWE 2K title is always how everyone is rated, and specifically who gets the honor of being the highest rated superstar in the game.
WWE 2K20's top roster overalls were Brock Lesnar (93), The Rock (93), Roman Reigns (92), Becky Lynch (90), and Ronda Rousey (90).
We can expect Lesnar, Rock, Reigns, and Lynch to all be still in that top tier when WWE 2K22 arrives, and they'll likely be joined near the top by Drew McIntyre, Sasha Banks, and Bayley.