After being pushed into a March release window for the first time, WWE 2K22 finally has a release date of March 11, 2022, a cover star in legend Rey Mysterio, and an incredibly fun trailer to boot that shows off some of the features we can expect, along with some silly out-of-character moments for some loved WWE Superstars.
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The slogan for this years iteration on the long-running wrestling franchise is that it will “Hit Different”, with what is promised as a redesigned gameplay engine, new controls and upgraded visuals. It’s also set to show off the “most stunning graphics to date, ensures an unprecedented level of realism for the franchise.” WWE 2K22 will include “an immersive presentation and varied camera angles” to best imitate a live WWE broadcast and get players right in on the action.
Key modes are back; the 2K Showcase (a historical story mode) features Rey Mysterio this time around, allowing players to relive the iconic moments behind his most famous matches. This is in addition to MyRISE, which serves as the games career mode, plus Universe Mode and Creation Suite so that players can fluky customise their experience, and share their creations witih the global WWE 2K22 community with cross-platform sharing available for the first time ever.
It’s the new modes that should really excite fans though, with MyGM in particular allowing you to “step into the role of a WWE General Manager and call the shots on their way to building the biggest brand in the WWE Universe.” You’ll draft the roster, develop rivalries and championship showdowns; a GM Mode was incredibly popular in previous WWE games, so seeing it back here is great for the manager in all of us. Lastly, MyFACTION will have players collecting and managing their dream faction with weekly events and regular updates, offering “tremendous challenges and replay value”.
WWE 2K22 will have four editions available of the game, but 2K have once again gone with the “current generation is more expensive” route for its pricing structure. See the below editions of the game available from the press release.
- The Standard Edition will be available for $99.95 AUD on previous-gen platforms (PlayStation 4, Xbox One consoles and PC) and for $109.95 AUD on current-gen consoles (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S) in both physical and digital formats
- The Cross-Gen Bundle will be available for $124.95 AUD and includes the digital Standard Edition and the Starrcade ’96 Rey Mysterio Pack across previous and current-gen within the same PlayStation and Xbox consoles
- The Deluxe Edition will be available for $149.95 AUD for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S in both physical and digital formats, and on PC in digital format. The Deluxe Edition includes the Standard Edition plus the Undertaker Immortal Pack; a Season Pass to all five post-launch DLC content packs; the MyRISE Mega-Boost and SuperCharger packs; limited edition WWE SuperCard content (included in-box for physical copies only). The Deluxe Edition will be available from March 8, 2022 – three days early! Players who purchase the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S edition will also receive the Starrcade ’96 Rey Mysterio Pack;
- The nWo 4-Life Digital Edition will be available for $179.95 AUD for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Celebrating 25 years of the faction that turned the sports entertainment world on its head, in addition to the Standard Edition, and all bonus content included in the Deluxe Edition, the nWo 4-Life Edition comes with MyFACTION EVO Cards and alternate nWo attires for Hollywood Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Syxx plus a playable Eric Bischoff character, WCW Souled Out 1997 and WCW Bash at the Beach 1996 arenas, and the nWo Wolfpac Championship. The nWo 4-Life Digital Edition will also be available from March 8, 2022 – three days early!
- Pre-Order Bonuses: Players who pre-order the Standard Edition and Cross-Gen Digital Bundle will also receive the Undertaker Immortal Pack, which includes three additional Undertaker personas, MyFACTION EVO cards for Undertaker, plus MyFACTION Perks and Bonuses, including an Undertaker MyFACTION Logo Card, Undertaker MyFACTION Wallpaper Card, and Undertaker MyFACTION Nameplate Card. This pack is also included in the Deluxe Edition and nWo 4-Life Digital Edition at launch.
You get all that? Let’s just hope that the game is much improved from previous years to justify all of those extra bits and bobs.
Whichever version of WWE 2K22 you decide to purchase, the game will be available on March 11, 2022 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC. Are you ready to hit different?