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Everything we know about WWE 2K22: Release date, platforms, GM Mode

Published: 17/Jan/2022 2:09

by Andrew Highton

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After the tumultuous release of WWEK 2K20, the world’s biggest wrestling company returns with WWE 2K22. A two-year hiatus has hopefully solved many of the problems that plagued the last game in the series. Here’s what we know including its release date and the return of GM Mode.

WWE 2K20’s release quickly turned into a nightmare for 2K. Numerous bugs, glitches, and issues spawned a myriad of YouTube compilations showcasing the game’s flaws. As a result, the backlash caused WWE 2K21 to be canceled, and 2K went back to the drawing board.

Now, two years on, and WWE 2K22 looks to make amends with a fresh release and the return of a beloved game mode.

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From a possible release date to a full look at the roster, here’s everything we know about WWE 2K22.


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WWE 2K22 release date

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Graphical upgrades have been a big focus ahead of this year’s release.

The latest reports indicate that WWE 2K22 is set to be released in March 2022. An early access period is reportedly set to go live on Tuesday, March 8, meaning the full release should follow on Friday, March 11.

This deviates from the traditional October release period of older titles, in light of 2K21’s cancellation and subsequent delays.

A fresh release date could work wonders, however, as WWE fans will be able to get their hands on the new title ahead of this year’s Wrestlemania in April.

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WWE 2K22 platforms

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WWE 2K22 is set to release across all the usual hardware.

WWE 2K22 is expected to be a major release across the most familiar platforms including: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

It’s unclear how the last-gen and current-gen versions will compare. However, if recent examples of other franchises are anything to go by, then it’s safe to assume we’ll see a difference in visual fidelity, load times, and possibly included features too.

WWE 2K22 GM Mode & gameplay

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The Head of the Table is one of the game’s marquee names.

2K released a trailer on November 19, 2021, detailing the biggest features in WWE 2K22, one of which is the return of GM Mode. A feature last seen in Smackdown vs Raw in 2008, the much-requested mode has finally come to the WWE franchise.

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The renamed “MyGM Mode” allows the internet’s greatest fantasy wrestling bookers to build their own roster and create legendary storylines and feuds. Whilst balancing a budget, players need to make the most of their talent, create enticing rivalries and matches, and make their brand as dominant as possible.

In addition to this, 2K also advertised a ton of other gameplay aspects:

  • Redesigned Gameplay Engine
  • New controls
  • Stunning Graphics
  • Immersive Presentation
  • New 2K Showcase
  • MyFaction
  • MyRise
  • Universe Mode
  • Creation Suite

WWE 2K22 Cover Art

While nothing is yet official, WWE 2K22’s cover art appears to have leaked early. Rey Mysterio is set to feature as the cover star on two unique versions, if early leaks hold true.

Both the standard edition and the deluxe edition have unique covers featuring the high-flying legend.

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WWE 2K22 trailers

So far, 2K has released two different trailers for the upcoming WWE game. One is the previously mentioned gameplay features “hit list” trailer, and the other was its anticipated reveal trailer. After the controversy and uproar caused by WWE 2K20, fans were eager to see what time and development had done for the new game.

Here is WWE 2K22’s debut trailer.

If you want to see the new gameplay features in action, check out the hit list trailer below.

WWE 2K22 editions and pre-order bonuses

No different from previous years, WWE 2K22 is set to feature a number of unique goodies as part of pre-order incentives and premium edition upgrades.

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Although nothing has officially been confirmed just yet, early leaks appear to have revealed everything on the way.

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The Undertaker is reportedly featuring as this year’s pre-order bonus.

WWE 2K22 Deluxe Edition

The Deluxe Edition of WWE 2K22 comes with a handful of extra content. First and foremost, players who purchase this edition gain three days of early access, beginning on March 8.

This edition also includes the first Season Pass along with the Undertaker Immortal Pack, more on that below.

WWE 2K22 Undertaker Immortal Pack

The Undertaker Immortal Pack is reportedly this year’s pre-order bonus. This unique addition “includes three Undertaker personas: Phantom Mask Undertaker, Lord of Darkness Undertaker, and the Boneyard Match Undertaker.”

On top of that, the bundle also comes with MyFaction EVO card for the Undertaker, along with an assortment of Perks and Bonuses.

WWE 2K22 roster

It’s hard to tell what the final roster is going to look like right now. WWE has obviously released a staggering quantity of WWE superstars in past 12 months, with more seemingly being released every few weeks.

Regardless, using the information provided by WWE 2K22’s trailers and marketing, here’s our best guess at the roster list so far:

  • AJ Styles
  • Alexa Bliss
  • Angelo Dawkins
  • Apollo Crews
  • Asuka
  • Austin Theory
  • Bayley
  • Becky Lynch
  • Bianca Belair
  • Big E
  • Bobby Lashley
  • Booker T
  • Brock Lesnar
  • Bron Breakker
  • Carmella
  • Cedric Alexandr
  • Cesaro
  • Chad Gable
  • Charlotte Flair
  • Dakota Kai
  • Dana Brooke
  • Damian Priest
  • Dexter Lumis
  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Dominik Mysterio
  • Doudrop
  • Drew McIntyre
  • Edge
  • Finn Balor
  • Goldberg
  • Happy Corbin
  • Io Shirai
  • Jeff Hardy
  • Jinder Mahal
  • Joaquin Wilde
  • John Cena
  • Kane
  • Kevin Owens
  • King Woods
  • Kofi Kingston
  • Lacey Evans
  • Liv Morgan
  • Mandy Rose
  • MVP
  • Montez Ford
  • Naomi
  • Natalya
  • Nikki A.S.H
  • Omos
  • Otis
  • Pete Dunne
  • Randy Orton
  • Raquel Gonzalez
  • Rey Mysterio
  • Rhea Ripley
  • Ricochet
  • Riddle
  • Roman Reigns
  • Sami Zayn
  • Sasha Banks
  • Seth Rollins
  • Shayna Baszler
  • Sheamus
  • Shelton Benjamin
  • Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Shotzi
  • Tamina
  • Tommaso Ciampa
  • Triple H
  • Tyler Bate
  • The Miz
  • The Usos
  • Undertaker
  • WALTER
  • Zelina Vega

We are sure to learn more about WWE 2K22’s roster and details as time goes on. When we learn more, we’ll update this guide.

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