2K Games and WWE come together to make sweet video game music (hopefully) with a new multi-year deal between the developer and sports entertainment company.
2K Games and WWE announced, through a press release this morning that the sports entertainment company and 2K have come together for a multi-year deal granting 2K worldwide marketing and production rights for the WWE brand starting with WWE ’14 for all platforms sometime this year.
With the folding of THQ this year, many franchises’ of the company were picked up including one of their main titles, WWE, by 2K Games.
“The WWE series is a great addition to our stable of triple-A titles, and we’re very happy with this exclusive agreement with our new partners,” said David Ismailer, Chief Operating Officer for 2K. “We look forward to capturing the excitement of WWE and marrying it with the same commitment to authenticity and entertainment that we give to our NBA 2K and MLB 2K franchises.”
2K has had great success with their near perfect iterations of basketball with the NBA 2K Franchise. On the MLB 2K franchise, not so much. One can hope that they model their first attempt at a WWE game more like they did with the revamping of NBA 2K. Possibly introducing a legends mode of some sort, something THQ did to great success with WWE ’13’s Attitude Era Mode, in which you could play through most of the the most important matches in WWE history.
2K hopes to keep their commitment to excellence in sports based games as they venture into a new territory with WWE.
“The development work on the WWE franchise is impressive, and we’re excited to combine our background in developing the NBA 2Kseries with theirs in this new partnership,” concluded Greg Thomas, Executive Vice President of 2K Sports. “Fans can expect the most authentic WWE experience on game consoles this fall.”
In the press release, WWE Executive Vice President of Consumer Products, Casey Collins, goes on to explain his hopes for such a successful franchise being placed in the hands of such a visionary sports-game company, like 2K Sports.
“2K’s reputation for outstanding quality and dedication to authenticity are a perfect fit for WWE,” added Collins. “This new partnership will ensure that WWE continues to be one of the leading video game brands in the world and we look forward to continuing the franchise with the benefit of their expertise across a variety of platforms.”
Developed by Yukes, WWE ’14 is not yet rated by the ESRB and will be available for consoles in the fall of 2013.