2K Games are now able to “Layeth the Smackdown” on the wrestling world by reaching an agreement with WWE in a multi-year deal which gives 2K games the exclusive worldwide rights to publish the WWE video game franchise. The WWE games will continue to be developed by Yukes in Japan. This news seems to come just in time—considering that WWE just displayed their brand new WWE Championship Belt that is currently held by The Rock.
David Ismailer, Chief Operating Officer for 2K Games said,
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. 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.
Will they be able to produce a game with the same intensity THQ had when they release the title? A good majority of their sports games have been very solid over the years—I do miss their NFL 2K games.
Casey Collins, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products for WWE adds,
2K’s reputation for outstanding quality and dedication to authenticity are a perfect fit for WWE. 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.
I am extremely excited that 2K games will be releasing the next installment of the WWE Video Game. Hopefully we’ll be able to see what they have to offer come E3 2013. WWE ’14 is scheduled to be released in fall of 2013.