It's confirmed! Following a leak late last week that WWE 2K22 would be coming to Xbox (and other platforms) on March 11th, 2022, that date has now been made official — and you can watch the new trailer above.

The game marks the first entry in the series since the disappointing WWE 2K20 over two years ago, and the tagline for this version is, "it hits different", with promises that the engine has been redesigned with "fresh gameplay" and "stunning graphics", so let's hope it can live up to the hype when it steps into the squared circle this March.

Additionally, the fan-favourite GM Mode from years past returns as MyGM this year, while the Showcase mode will centre around the career of Rey Mysterio, who also graces the cover of the game. Mysterio says "to be able to represent the culture of Lucha Libre as the cover superstar of WWE 2K22, it’s a moment of great pride."

Other improvements include a new MyFaction mode in which you "collect and manage a dream faction of Superstars and compete in weekly events," a MyRISE career mode with separate storylines for male and female characters, and an upgraded creation suite with the ability to share creations across platforms for the first time.

WWE 2K22 is available to pre-order right now on Xbox, but unfortunately 2K isn't utilising Smart Delivery for this one, so there are separate versions for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S — along with an optional "Cross-Gen" version. There are also "Deluxe" and "nWo-4-Life" versions with extra goodies including the Season Pass.

WWE 2K22 is nearly here and it’s filled with stunning graphics, a redesigned gameplay engine, new controls, and more! From all-new game modes to unbelievable storylines, prepare for the next installment of the WWE 2K franchise.

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