The return of the WWE 2K series will be headlined by a superstar who’s no stranger to dramatic returns himself, as WWE 2K22 will feature future WWE Hall of Famer and Lucha Libre Legend, Rey Mysterio as its cover superstar.
The news comes from a virtual press conference featuring Mysterio and hosted by WWE color commentator Byron Saxton and broadcast journalist Sam Roberts, who also announced the game’s release date of March 11, 2022.
“This is an incredible moment for me,” said Mysterio. “To be able to represent the culture of Lucha Libre as the cover superstar of WWE 2K22, it’s a moment of great pride, not just for me, but for the generations that come after me and for all my people – for all of the latinos, this is a great moment.”
Along with the honor of being the cover Superstar, Mysterio will also have his career highlighted in WWE 2K22’s Showcase Mode, a mode that traditionally has allowed players to relive key matches and moments in a wrestler’s career, complete with documentary-style intros to set up the context of each match.
Mysterio has had an illustrious career full of memorable matches that would make for plenty of material for Showcase mode, but he said the ones that he’s especially excited to share in WWE 2K22 are the matches against Eddie Guerrero at Wrestlemania 21, and his match against Shawn Michaels on Smackdown November 14, 2005, which served as a tribute to Guerrero, who tragically died the previous day.
Mysterio joins the ranks of Roman Reigns, Becky Lynch, AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar, Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena, and The Rock as one of the handful of WWE Superstars to have been featured as the primary cover athlete of a WWE 2K game.
WWE 2K22 will mark the first WWE 2K game since 2019’s WWE 2K20, and promises to feature a redesigned gameplay engine, a new control scheme, and upgraded visuals, in addition to the new MyGM mode, which allows players to step into the role of a WWE General Manager and draft their own ultimate WWE roster; MyFaction, which lets players collect and manage their own dream faction; and MyRISE, which serves as WWE 2K22’s version of MyCareer mode and allows players to create their own superstar and chart their own path to stardom.
Mitchell Saltzman is an editorial producer at IGN. You can find him on Twitter @JurassicRabbit