Hey and welcome back to the Revelleution and some brand WWE2K22 news, as earlier today 2K dropped a bunch of new 2K22 information as well as a brand new trailer before that all important big info drop coming January of next year. k this is easily my favourite WWE 2K22 trailer so far with the exciting official confirmation that GM mode is indeed returning to the series as well as the seemingly rebrand of MyCareer under the MyRise title and a brand new feature by the name of MyFaction.
The trailer starts with another look at Rey Mysterio’s entrance and character model in a similar fashion to what we’ve seen before as well as a brief look at Ricochet’s entrance from behind. Whilst it may not be anything new or ground-breaking to what we’ve already seen you can’t deny how great Rey’s character model looks, ideally we just really need to see more of him in-ring or an additional superstar to throw in the mix.
We then get our very first look at Goldberg who I have to say personally think looks amazing! From the skin, to the sweat and chest hair, Goldberg arguably looks the best he ever has done and it definitely gets me hyped to see how some of the female superstars look in the coming months. I hate to use the phrase but the particle effects from the pyro really do hit different this time around and thanks to the new particle system implemented, smoke, lasers and pyro look to have a complete overhaul.
The trailer then teases it’s new redesigned gameplay engine with a quick look at a match between Jeff Hardy and Kofi Kingston with Kofi hitting a bunch of strikes before delivering a running bulldog to Jeff. The segment also confirms the return of the match reward star system which at first glance looks to be in the same vein as previous incarnations. I personally aren’t a huge fan of the star system but I do agree that it gives players something to work towards, especially if it means fans have the ability to unlock superstars, parts, arenas and so on.
We then switch over to this year’s new control system with a quick look at the button layout with Big E and Montez ford facing off in the background. On the face of it there are some similarities between 2K22 and 2K20’s controls with the biggest difference being that Right Trigger is now used in conjunction with the face buttons to perform submissions, signatures, finishers and paybacks.
The clip also sneakily shows off the new dodge mechanism with Big E ducking to avoid an incoming strike from Montez Ford. Big E seemingly follows up with a block animation which is backed up when looking at the new control system which provides Blocks, Dodes and reversals. In WWE 2K22 players will now reverse moves by pressing the Y button with the ability to block moves when holding Y. I will say that on the surface I personally prefer the change from WWE 2K20’s finisher controls but there are still some definite red flags in there especially for players with disabilities so here’s hoping there are some accessibility options come the games release.
The clip also provides a better look at this year’s commentary team with Michael Cole, Byron Saxon and Corey Graves returning to the series with Graves receiving the most noticeable update of the trio.
With the focus then switching to the graphics we get another look at Edge making his way to the ring looking absolutely phenomenal in what looks to be one of the brand new WWE Arena’s as seen on current WWE Programming.
Next up is another look at the former SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley with a brand new entrance animation as well as brand new heel titantrons. Whilst Bayley’s attire, trons and hairstyle look pretty damn good, something to me looks really off and I can’t put my finger on what exactly that something is. At first I thought Bayley didn’t have much animation in her face but on second and third glance that isn’t the case so I’m not quite sure what it could be. Maybe it’s just me but feel free to let me know in the comments below if you can figure out what it is or if I’m just seeing things.
Following on we get some more gameplay action as part of 2K’s Immersive Presentation with Bobby Lashley performing his dominator finisher on Chad Gable who has undergone a complete change since his last appearance in the series and is now sporting his short hair and red singlet. Whilst the HUD looks somewhat similar to previous incarnations in the series it does look much cleaner this time around with superstars health, finisher and momentum all on display. It also looks like 2K have opted for a camera change to WWE 2K22 with the camera seemingly zoomed in closer to capture all of the in ring action.
Up Next is what looks to be the official confirmation of a Rey Mysterio Showcase in WWE 2K22 with Rey documenting his rise to stardom in WWE under the ‘New 2K Showcase’ moniker. Given the amount of content featuring Rey Mysterio this time around I think this one comes as no real surprise with many of us predicting not only a showcase for Rey but also a possible cover star spot.
If none of the previous information was enough to get you excited then maybe this will as 2K unveiled the return of GM Mode now under the rebrand of MyGM. GM Mode was last featured in SmackDown Vs Raw 2008 with many fans begging for its return ever since. Whilst we don’t get to see too much of this mode in action we do get a quick look at menu system with Roman Reigns drafted to Friday night SmackDown as part of the initial MyGM roster draft picks.
In an interesting move it looks like 2K have reverted to using real life renders for superstars in WWE 2K22 in a move that some fans have been calling for with other fans much preferring the in game renders as seen in previous years. Whilst I do personally prefer the real life renders it does look odd when it comes to using custom superstars alongside ingame superstars as the quality never quite matches up.
The red and green wrestling mask icons in the menu indicate which superstars on the roster are heels or faces with both Becky Lynch and Asuka officially confirmed for the game acting as babyfaces. Fighting Classes will also play a role in the game with Asuka assigned as a fighter and Becky Lynch assigned the class of a specialist.
The menus also officially confirm Tamina and Bianca Belair for Next year’s game thanks to a quick look at the match card booking system which seems to allow 3 matches in total as well as 2 promo spots. It looks as though Normal type matches in MyGM will incur no cost to your budget whilst special type matches such as TLC will set you back at $5,000 a piece with promos on the other hand costing $1,000 dollars.
It looks as though players will also be able to set custom match rules for match ups including participants, interference match type and more. Like in previous GM Modes fans will have the option to simulate matches to determine a winner or should they chose to they can also speculate or even play the match for themselves.
Moving on from MyGM we have the reveal of MyFaction in a brand new mode that will see players assemble their very own faction in WWE with the chance to collect, manage and upgrade superstars in weekly events. Whilst the trailer doesn’t showcase how the mode itself will play out, we do get a look at Dominiki Mysterio’s debut in the series alongside Rey Mysterio, Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens in what looks to be a victory scene. For his first time in the series, Dominik looks just as good as his father if not better and I can’t wait to get a better look at Dominik in the coming months.
Sticking with the My theming we have another My in the form of MyRise which is the new branding for the MyCareer mode going forward in the series, with the name representing the rise to the top of your very own superstar in WWE. We get a quick look at several superstars brawling atop of a steel structure in what looks to be an updated backstage area something that I personally have been craving for quite some time now.
Whilst there is nothing majorly wrong visually with the backstage area we have currently have, I can’t help but feel like once you have played it a bunch of times then there’s no real reason to revisit it as it often feels like dead space. Dead space as in not much going on, not the sci fi horror game.
If attires are anything to go by it looks as though the scene depicts Seth Rollins with former groupies Buddy Murphy and Austin Theory taking on a custom superstar with the aid of Mustafa Ali.
If this is indeed correct it looks like this officially confirms Buddy Murphy for WWE 2K22 in quite a surprising move following his release back in June alongside Braun Strowman, Lana, Aleister Black, Ruby Riott and Santana Garrett. With Murphy’s inclusion in the game could this mean we could see the likes of Lana, Santana and Ruby in Next Year’s game? I would argue that Santana and Ruby are the least likely of the trio thanks to their ongoing work with AEW but who knows maybe Lana could sneak her way into the game having not yet officially signed with any promotion.
June would also see the release of Marina Shafir with Mercedes Martinez, B Fab, Ember Moon, Eva Marie, Franky Monet, Jessi Kamea, Katrina Cortez, Mia Yim, Nia Jax, Scarlett Bordeaux and Zayda Ramier released shortly after in August and November. If I had to hazard a guess I would assume that the likes of Ember Moon, Eva Marie, Mia Yim and Nia Jax are the ones most likely to be included with Scarlett possibly entering the mix as a manager to Karrion Kross. Obviously take all of this with a huge grain of salt as there are still several months to go until release and anything could change in the meantime.
Moving on we finally get some more women’s footage with a look at the Women’s path in MyRise with a cutscene showing a vicious beatdown at the hands of Shayna Baszler and the debuting Kay Lee Ray and Raquel Gonzalez. Hopefully the inclusion of the former NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray signifies the inclusion of more NXT UK talent as I for one would love to see the likes of Jinny, Isla Dawn and the rest of the NXT UK women’s division in next year’s game.
Up next we have a very brief look at Universe Mode with fans now seemingly having the ability to follow the path of once specific superstar as opposed to controlling an entire brand in previous years.
Following on from the very brief look at Universe Mode we also get a very brief look at this year’s creation suite which looks to show footage of the MyPlayer creation as part of the MyRise experience. Of course I could be completely wrong and all custom superstars may have to take this path going forward. The clip also provides examples of Cruiserweight, Heavyweight and Superheavyweight body types with Superheavyweight superstars getting a much needed realistic approach. As well as body types players will also assign a class option to their superstar with Striker, Technician, Powerhouse and High Flyer being amongst the possibilities. It’s also worth noting that there is the added option of community creations in the bottom navigation bar which could imply the use of custom superstars for MyRise if this is indeed the situation. I will say I also really love the addition of the backstage area whilst customising a superstar as it makes the experience look that more realistic and immersive.
As in previous trailers the trailer begins to round out with some more footage of both Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre with Drew seemingly entering the pre-NXT 2.0 area which could hint at its inclusion in the game. On one final note the trailer goes out with a huge bang thanks to another look at Goldberg’s amazing character model and entrance with pyro and particles looking absolutely stunning.
I don’t know about you but I feel like I need a lay down after all that! I have to say for me personally 2K totally hit the ball out of the park with this trailer and I only wish that the previous trailers had this much information and energy.
I think we can all agree that the majority of us whilst understanding, were completely bummed out that there would be no new game this year but after today’s news I feel like I can hold on that bit longer and if anything I feel the most hyped I have for this game so far. Sure there are some minor red flags here and there and I wish we could have seen more of the women in the trailer but there are so many promising features such as MYGM, MyFaction and the possibility of some new and returning female superstars.
So before I yap on anymore I want to know what you make of all of today’s news and what you are most looking forward to. Also be sure to let me know if there’s anything you think I may have overlooked or anything you would like to see introduced that we haven’t seen already.