WWE 2K22 has remained relatively off the radar for several months, but that could turn out to be good news based on the latest reports.
We won't know for sure how things pay off until we see the game in action, but as of now it looks like the work done to rebuild the engine for WWE 2K22 may be paying off.
WWE 2K22 to have cleaner controls and gameplay with rebuilt engine
WWE 2K22 is looking to set a new tone and step into a new era, especially in hopes of helping fans forget about the WWE 2K20 debacle.
In a recent YouTube stream, Forbes and Heavy writer Brian Mazique talked about having spoken to someone with "good knowledge of the game [who understands] what's happening from a developmental standpoint."
"What I'm told about gameplay at this point is that it is fantastic," Mazique said. "That is actually the word that was used for the latest build. The people who were playing the latest build have said the gameplay is fantastic."
"I have been told that the game is playing fantastic and that the gameplay engine is completely rebuilt," Mazique continued.
It's worth keeping in mind that, as Mazique pointed out, anyone having seen gameplay at this point has to be close to 2K. He added that the report has to be taken "with a grain of salt," but it's still promising news.
On top of that, Mazique explained that he's heard "the controls are much cleaner than they have been before." Even without more context on what "cleaner" actually turns out to mean, any upgraded in that realm could be massive.
WWE 2K22 "feels like a wrestling fan's wrestling game"
Perhaps the most exciting tidbit is the least specific one, as Mazique explained the last thing he'd heard was "this feels like a wrestling fan's wrestling game."
With an AEW Console Game in the works pulling from fan-favorite classics like WWF No Mercy and WWE SmackDown Here Comes the Pain, and even bringing in the teams and minds that did it, pressure is already building for WWE 2K22.
This is happening despite the fact that WWE 2K22 is due out in the next few months, while the AEW Console Game only has a vague release window in 2022 so far.
Much has been made, with good reason, of the many wrestlers departing WWE who will likely not be included as superstars on the WWE 2K22 roster.
However, if Visual Concepts nails the gameplay and controls with this brand new engine, fans will buy in and use Community Creations to fill in the roster gaps themselves.
We don't know for sure when more official news of WWE 2K22 will arrive, particularly a proper gameplay trailer, but SummerSlam has often hosted WWE 2K reveals and arrives on Saturday, August 21, 2021.
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