2K Games is currently preparing for the return of one of its most profitable sports franchises, WWE 2K, which was previously unavailable. It will return in March, following a one-year hiatus following the disastrous release of WWE 2K20. The pro-wrestling simulation will feature updated controls and gameplay mechanics, as well as new features and enhancements.
The WWE's star-studded roster can be seen laying the smackdown both inside and outside of the squared circle in the preview, which debuted during the weekend's WWE Royal Rumble event on Sunday. A number of WWE superstars, including Sasha Banks, Kevin Owens, Romain Reigns, Drew McIntyre, The Undertaker, and WWE 2K22 cover star Rey Mysterio, can be seen in the video. There is an over-familiarity with the entire trailer, which is surprising given the glitz and glam of what promises to be a star-studded cast. What's the worst part? It's just not that interesting to watch.
When Will WWE 2K22 Be Released?
WWE 2K22 is scheduled to be released on March 11, 2022, and it will be the first WWE 2K title to be released on a yearly basis since the series postponed an annual release in the wake of the disastrous release of WWE 2K20.
Because of a large number of technical issues during launch, WWE 2K20 was a disappointing full-release for developer Visual Concepts, earning one of the lowest Metacritic scores in 2K's history and one of the lowest Metacritic scores ever.
In an effort to maintain a “renewing focus” on quality, publisher 2K appointed former Double Helix studio head Patrick Gilmore to be the new general manager of WWE 2K in 2020.
When asked about the game's core gameplay during a Reddit Q&A in summer 2020, Gilmore stated, “Core gameplay is one of the major investments we're making in the next installment, and it is one of six pillars we're disproportionately focusing on in development.”
Adding to the list In order to create an entirely new philosophical foundation for the game, we are taking inspiration from beloved previous games such as No Mercy or Smackdown: Here Comes the Pain, as well as top franchise installments and more modern wrestling and fighting games.
Late last year, 2K released a new trailer for the game, which revealed a new control scheme as well as the addition of a dodge button to the game.
This gameplay trailer, in my opinion, could be advertising any of the recent cut-and-paste releases in the beleaguered WWE 2K series. The goal of WWE 2K22 is to return to the ring with a refreshed, revitalized, and fully repaired WWE 2K experience. There is nothing about the presentation, visuals, animation, character “floatiness,” and complete lack of visceral impact that says, “We're Back! We are at the start of a new chapter.” Almost everything about this preview says, simply, “Here's this year's WWE 2K game, which is the sequel to last year's WWE 2K game…”
It is true that the proof will be in the eating, and we have yet to play with WWE 2K22's revamped gameplay and controls, but we are optimistic. However, the clock has already begun to tick. WWE 2K22 will be released in a little more than five weeks, and it appears that 2K is looking to make a point of redemption with the game's release. So, where has the demo gone missing? For example, what about the real-time gameplay footage? Suppose 2K is making an attempt to win back an audience (one that had been severely harmed by the previous release), is it necessary for said audience to shell out the better part of $80 on launch day in order to see whether or not said comeback is successful?
WWE 2K22 will be released on March 11 for the PlayStation 4, the PC, and the Xbox One. It also claims to “Hit Differently” on multiple occasions in the marketing. Because, based on these previews, I'm not seeing it. If this is the case, please demonstrate.
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