It is expected that WWE 2K22 will return to the ring in March 2022
The annual SummerSlam (or “The SummerSlam,” if you’re Bret Hart) spectacle of the wrestling organization World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) took place last night in Las Vegas. Between many hours of mat-slammin’ action and the return of several key stars (whose identities have been withheld for spoiler purposes, but you can guess who they are), 2K Games took the opportunity to debut the first teaser trailer for WWE 2K22, which will be released later in the year.
The digital grappler, who will be marketed under the tagline “It Hits Different,” will make his comeback to the ring in March of 2022. Following the disastrous debut of WWE 2K20, the series will make its triumphant comeback with this entry. It was one of the most humiliating launches in recent memory, and the franchise has taken a break since then. WWE 2k22, developed by Visual Concepts, aims to rekindle interest in the long-dormant series, and 2K Games will be attempting to win over/regain the loyalty of new and disenchanted WWE 2K/SvR fans who have grown tired of the series’ clunky, dull, and charisma-free releases over the course of years upon years in this particular subgenre.
While it is still too early to commit, my initial impressions are dubious. WWE 2K22 appears to have the same strange “weightlessness” and lack of effect as its predecessors. WWE All-Stars, Fire Pro Wrestling World, and Def Jam: Fight for N.Y. are great examples of how to show weight, inertia, flow, and most importantly impact in your strikes and slams in an exciting, dynamic, and engaging way. But realistic?
As much as I hope to be proven incorrect, I believe that the WWE 2K franchise remains preoccupied with delivering dry “simulation” oriented wrestling games, as it has been for many years now. As a result of the constant shift away from the enthralling action of jewels like WWE Smackdown! Each every WWE release, from Here Comes the Pain to WWF No Mercy, has gotten further and further away from anything that even somewhat resembles decent, old-fashioned entertainment. We’ll see what happens in March.
WWE 2K22 is currently under production and is scheduled to be released in March 2022.