With THQ dissolving as a company its assets were broken up and eventually auctioned off and purchased. The WWE franchise wasn’t among the purchases initially announced, but it was soon learned that 2K Sports & Take-Two acquired the license for the game.
Going away from the expected WWE 14 title, 2K Sports has revealed that the game will be known as WWE 2K14 this Fall when the game releases. Speaking to Jon Robinson of ESPN, Take-Two confirmed that the game was under a 5-year license agreement. Development for this year’s game would be continued under Yukes, but a gradual transition over the years would be worked to have Visual Concepts develop the game internally.
“With Yukes, we have a lot of history, and we’ve been very happy with what Yukes has done in the past,” said Collins. “What we’re going to do moving forward is meld Yukes with the team at Visual Concepts, so we can have the best of both worlds. Having Yukes’ experience and then getting the Visual Concepts guys on board with them, we think this is going to be a dynamic duo.”
2K has done a fantastic job with moving towards an authentic approach for their NBA 2K series, and we’d fully expect that same trend to continue with the WWE series as well. The company has stumbled a bit with their NHL and MLB offerings, however. It’ll be interesting to see which route the WWE series now that it’s under their control.
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