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Is WWE 2K22 free on PS Plus?

The short answer is – no, WWE 2K22 is not completely free on PlayStation Plus. However, PS Plus Extra subscribers will be able to download and play the PS4 version of WWE 2K22 at no additional cost starting in January 2023. Let‘s take a more detailed look.

Breaking Down PlayStation Plus

As a quick refresher, PlayStation Plus (PS Plus) is Sony‘s subscription service that offers a variety of benefits such as:

  • Online multiplayer access for PS4 and PS5 games
  • Monthly free games – usually 2 PS4 and 1 PS5 game
  • Exclusive discounts on PlayStation Store
  • Cloud storage for game saves
  • PS Plus recently expanded to three tiers:

  • PS Plus Essential – Basic tier with online play, monthly games etc.
  • PS Plus Extra – Mid tier with all Essential benefits plus access to a catalog of 400+ PS4 and PS5 games
  • PS Plus Premium – Top tier with all Extra benefits plus classic PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games, game trials and cloud streaming
  • Here is a comparison of the PS Plus tiers:

    Benefits Essential Extra Premium
    Monthly Games
    Online Multiplayer
    Exclusive Discounts
    Cloud Saves
    Game Catalog Access
    Classic/Retro Games
    Game Trials
    Game Streaming

    WWE 2K22 on PlayStation Plus

    Now back to the original question – Is WWE 2K22 free on PlayStation Plus?

    According to an official confirmation from 2K Sports, the PS4 version of WWE 2K22 will be available to download and play for PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium subscribers starting in January 2023.

    So PS Plus Extra members will be able to get WWE 2K22 as part of their subscription at no additional cost. However, it will only be the PS4 edition of the game. The PS5 version will not be offered for free.

    Overview of WWE 2K22

    Let‘s take a quick look at what WWE 2K22 offers to understand if the PS4 version will provide a good experience:

    • 150+ playable characters – Massive roster of current WWE superstars, legends and hall of famers like John Cena, The Rock, Steve Austin and many more.
    • Realistic graphics and visuals – Significantly improved graphics, textures, lighting, crowds and arena environments compared to previous WWE 2K games.
    • Enhanced gameplay – Faster paced wrestling action, new combo systems and revised controls for more enjoyable matches. Better balancing and fewer glitches.
    • Robust match types – Huge variety of match types – 1v1, tag team, fatal 4-way, ladder matches, Hell in a Cell and more to recreate WWE action.
    • Customization and Creation Suites – Detailed character creation tools, customizable arenas and more ways to personalize your universe.

    While the PS5 version takes advantage of the new hardware for further enhancements, the PS4 edition still offers the core WWE 2K22 experience. So PS Plus Extra members are still getting a feature-packed and authentic WWE wrestling game.

    WWE 2K Series History & Facts

    To appreciate the evolution of the WWE 2K franchise, let‘s take a quick look at some history and fun facts:

    • WWE branded games have been releasing annually since 2000, starting with SmackDown! on the PlayStation.
    • The series has seen multiple developer changes – from Yuke‘s to Visual Concepts (2K) over the years.
    • WWE 2K took over the name from THQ‘s WWE ‘12 in 2013 after THQ‘s bankruptcy. 2K Sports publishes it now.
    • WWE 2K16 was the first in the series to include fully customizable match types.
    • WWE 2K18 added 8-man matches for the first time in the franchise‘s history.
    • Over 9 million copies of the WWE 2K games have been sold worldwide as of WWE 2K20.

    The Verdict on WWE 2K22 on PS Plus

    Given the wealth of content and gameplay modes in WWE 2K22, having access to the PS4 version via your PS Plus Extra subscription is a great opportunity for WWE fans to enjoy the latest game in the franchise.

    The PS4 edition still delivers the core WWE 2K experience with its robust creation capabilities, realistic visuals and enhanced wrestling action. At the same time, you can avoid paying full price for the game.

    However, if you specifically want the PS5 version with its visual and performance benefits, then purchasing the game separately would be better. Otherwise, make sure to add WWE 2K22 to your downloads when it hits the PS Plus catalog in January!