With the new WWE 2K22 release date just a short time away, it’s a good time to be a WWE fan. After taking a hiatus for 2020 and 2021, the series is back and it looks as though this latest instalment might just be the best WWE game yet. If you’re one of the many fans who want to pre-order it, we’ve got an overview of everything you need to know before securing your copy.
So what makes WWE 2K22 so special? Well, after many people were disappointed with WWE 2K20 due to its janky controls and graphics, Visual Concepts decided to go back to the drawing board for this latest instalment. The result involved rebuilding the game’s engine from the ground up, tweaking many of the problems with WWE 2K20 to create a much smoother, more enjoyable gaming experience.
Along with the return of the MyCareer mode (renamed MyRISE), which will let you play through the story of either a male or female custom wrestler’s rise to prominence, this game also sees the addition of a new mode called MyFACTION. In MyFACTION, you build up your own stable of established wrestlers, upgrading them and powering them up through participation in weekly events, giving a new angle to the multiplayer element.
But which version of the game will you want to pre-order? Well, here’s an overview of the different WWE pre–order bonuses available in each one:
WWE 2K22 Standard Edition pre-order bonuses
The WWE 2K22 Standard Edition pre-order is available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X. Along with day one access to the game, this will net you a handful of pre-order bonuses, but it’s not a one size fits all approach. The Standard Edition provides different bonuses depending on the console you buy it for, so here’s a list of all of them, along with a note to signify which console they’re on:
- Starrcade ’96 Rey Mysterio Pack (PS5, Xbox Series X)
- Undertaker Immortal Pack (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)
WWE 2K22 Cross-Gen Digital Bundle
For true completionists, the Cross-Gen Digital Bundle might be appealing. Along with all of the pre-order bonuses included in the Standard Edition, this bundle gives you the game in both its previous and current gen forms. So, on PlayStation, this gets you both the PS4 and PS5 versions together and on Xbox, it gets you the Xbox One and Xbox Series X versions together.
WWE 2K22 Cross-Gen Digital Bundle WWE 2K22 Cross-Gen Digital Bundle $79.99 Pre-order Network N earns commission from qualifying purchases via Microsoft and other programs.
WWE 2K22 Deluxe Edition pre-order bonuses
Available on all consoles, the Deluxe Edition of the game comes with a few fancy bonuses that you won’t find in the Standard Edition. It encompasses:
- Everything from all versions of the Standard Edition
- 3-Day Early Access – allowing you to play the game from March 8 onward
WWE 2K22 nWo 4-Life Edition pre-order bonuses
If you want the most comprehensive pre-order package of them all, then this is the one you’re going to want to get. It includes:
- Either the PS4 & PS5 or Xbox One & Xbox Series X, versions of the game.
- Everything from the Standard and Deluxe Editions (including early access from March 8th)
- MyFACTION EVO Cards and playable nWo versions of “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Syxx
- Eric Brischoff as a playable character, along with his MyFACTION EVO card
- Two new arenas – Souled Out 1997 and Bash at the Beach 1996
- The nWo Wolfpac Championship
- 1 MyFACTION “Gold” Pack bundled with nWo EVO cards
WWE 2K22 nWo 4-Life Edition WWE 2K22 nWo 4-Life Edition $119.99 Buy now Network N earns commission from qualifying purchases via Microsoft and other programs.
Which version do you think you’re going to get? We hope that this has helped to make the decision easier for you. If you want to find out more about the game, take a look at our WWE 2K22 superstars ranking guide for an insight into all the fighters you’ll find in the game. Also, if you’re a fan of the genre, take a look at our best fighting games guide.