2K22 is the single most important video game WWE will ever put out. Why? One reason: 2K20 was absolutely horrible, and sits awkwardly as a reminder of everything that can go wrong when developers take customer loyalty for granted. It'll take 2K Games some time to get over that PR disaster.
They can start by producing a product everyone can be proud of. If Executive Producer Patrick Gilmore's Reddit AMA last summer is anything to go by, then they have a chance to do just that. Unfortunately, that open door Q&A is just the start; Gilmore was there to placate fans more than give concrete information, and his bold words will count for nothing if the next title isn't a winner.
2K22 simply must get it right. This is a series with lineage stretching back over 20 years, and people have grown tired of samey rubbish that fails to meet expectations or drive things forward. It's not over-the-top to suggest that this franchise could die for good if 2K don't make significant changes and improvements.