WWE 2K22 – First Look At How Visual Concepts Is Repackaging Its Annual Wrestling Sim


WWE followers know that the corporate has been in a chaotic state as of late. Dozens of roster cuts this 12 months haven’t solely put followers on edge concerning the long-term fates of their favourite Superstars, however they’ve additionally introduced into query the standing of WWE 2K22. It’s the first wrestling sim since 2019’s ill-received 2K20, and the game is forgoing the collection’ common fall launch window for a March 2022 launch. That further time seemingly provides Visual Concepts time to shine up just a few holds, so what can followers count on? While Visual Concepts remains to be withholding most data till its beforehand introduced January unveiling, it did present a sneak peek into the options and enhancements its concocted up to now. 

Lapsed followers could also be pleased to listen to that Visual Concepts has rebuilt WWE 2K’s engine from the bottom up. This means model new animations and a redesigned transfer checklist consisting of 30,000 returning assaults and 5,000 new additions. The management scheme has additionally been overhauled with the intent of being simple sufficient for anybody to choose up whereas packing depth for skilled grapplers. Furthermore, Visual Concepts guarantees improved management over the motion whereas feeling smoother total. 

The graphics have obtained a shot within the arm because of Visual Concepts adopting the identical character scanning and rendering expertise used for the NBA 2K collection. The result’s Superstars that seem higher than ever. Visual Concepts has additionally consulted with WWE showrunners to make the presentation really feel as immersive and genuine to TV as doable, reminiscent of including new digital camera angles. Hours’ value of latest commentary strains have been recorded, hopefully reducing down on the frequency of repeated strains.  

WWE video games are as a lot concerning the modes as they’re the matches. Visual Concepts did not focus on the forms of matches in 2K22 however did run down among the different locations gamers can dig into:

MyGM: The widespread mode returns and, like earlier iterations, permits gamers to e-book exhibits, draft superstars, handle contracts, and extra. 

Universe Mode: A staple of the collection, 2K22’s Universe Mode guarantees extra management than ever over how gamers handle manufacturers, PPVs, rivalries, and extra. 

2K Showcase Mode: WWE 2K’s playable documentary has been a collection spotlight. It permits gamers to observe the profession of a legendary wrestler or a historic interval, reminiscent of Stone Cold and the Women’s Revolution, by enjoying pivotal matches and watching well-made video packages courtesy of WWE’s manufacturing group. 2K22’s showcase seems to give attention to the profession of Rey Mysterio. 

MyFaction: A brand new addition to the collection that lets gamers create and handle their very own secure. Assemble a gaggle that rivals the Four Horsemen, nWo, or Bullet Club by recruiting superstars of your selection, then elevate their inventory by finishing common challenges and particular occasions. 

MyRise: This new spin on MyCareer presents a choice-driven journey about guiding a WWE prospect from rookie to foremost eventer to Hall of Famer. Superstars will be both male or feminine, and the storyline branches primarily based in your choices. 

Creation Suite: Whereas 2K20’s creation choices have been missing, 2K22’s guarantees to be larger than ever. While Visual Concepts didn’t disclose many specifics, it did state the game consists of extra physique varieties to be as consultant as doable. Those who don’t have time to spend hours crafting the right celebrity can use the brand new persona creator, which basically supplies a pre-built template to expedite the creation course of. There’s no phrase but on if widespread options, reminiscent of the flexibility to create arenas, entrances, or championships, will return. 

Lastly, let’s focus on the roster. The working joke relating to WWE’s months-long spree of shock releases is that there gained’t be anybody left to play in 2K22. While we don’t have the whole checklist of wrestlers, we are able to verify the next superstars primarily based on as we speak’s footage and earlier movies:

  • AJ Styles
  • Apollo Crews
  • Austin Theory
  • Bayley
  • Bianca Belair
  • Big E
  • Bobby Lashley
  • Cesaro
  • Chad Gable
  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Dominik Mysterio
  • Drew McIntyre
  • Edge
  • Finn Bálor
  • Goldberg (WCW)
  • Jeff Hardy
  • Joaquin Wilde
  • Kane
  • Kevin Owens
  • Kofi Kingston
  • The Miz
  • Montez Ford
  • Mustafa Ali
  • MVP
  • Raquel González
  • Rhea Ripley
  • Ricochet
  • Rey Mysterio
  • Roman Reigns
  • Samoa Joe
  • Seth Rollins
  • Shayna Baszler
  • Sheamus
  • Shelton Benjamin
  • Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Tamina
  • Tyler Bate

While it’s good to lastly have some concept of what to anticipate from WWE 2K22, we’ll have to attend till January for a precise launch date in addition to its deliberate platforms. 

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