WWE 2K22's cover star has reportedly been leaked, and it's Rey Mysterio.
Though entirely an unsubstantiated rumor for now – even the most impressive cover art turns out to be fakes from time to time – the Twitter account of TechnikNews (opens in new tab) shares what it purports to be an "exclusive first look" at the PS5 cover image.
We've also learned details of an alleged pre-order bonus – more on that in a tick – plus details of an Early Access period that will reportedly be open to pre-orderers of certain (usually the more expensive) "editions" of the sports sim, which is rumored to kick off on March 8, 2022 - just in time for that undated release sometime in March (opens in new tab).
Exclusive first look at the #W2K22 Cover, pre-order soon pic.twitter.com/d7BhmgbrKkJanuary 16, 2022
As for that pre-order freebie? That'll be the Undertaker Immortal Pack which allegedly includes three additional Undertaker personas - Phantom Mask Undertaker, Lord of Darkness Undertaker, and Boneyard Match Undertaker - as well as unspecified MyFaction Perks and Bonuses, plus MyFaction EVO cards for Undertaker.
The Undertaker Immortal Pack will also reportedly be available in the deluxe and nWo 4-Life editions of the game, too, with the former also bundling in the Season Pass (thanks, VGC (opens in new tab)).
For the first time in the game's 20-year-long history, 2K did not release a WWE game in 2021. The decision followed woeful reviews of WWE 2K20 (opens in new tab), prompting 2K to bring Patrick Gilmore onboard in the hope of refreshing the series and avoiding another bug-tastic release that spawned more memes than fans.
"WWE 2K22 retains 30,000 moves, and adds 5,000 new ones, while all existing strikes have been recaptured and retimed," we said in our first-look WWE 2K22 preview (opens in new tab). "Footage of Kofi Kingston thumping Jeff Hardy in the ribs, then bulldogging his face into the mat, certainly looks impactful. But will it feel that way, and – more importantly – translate to an exciting, realistic video game?"
Wondering what changes WWE 2K22 may bring to the roster? Check out our WWE 2K22 roster guide (opens in new tab) tracking every confirmed wrestler so far. As Ben summarizes in his guide, many of the company's biggest names have been released or jumped ship to the AEW roster (opens in new tab) so while we know we're getting new faces with fighters like Austin Theory, Kay Lee Ray and Raquel Gonzalez, we also know veterans like Daniel Bryan, Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt will be MIA this time around.
There are plenty of big titles on our upcoming PS5 games (opens in new tab) and upcoming Xbox Series X games (opens in new tab) lists that you can get stuck into while you wait for WWE 2K22.