WWE has been heavily promoting the upcoming release of the WWE2K22 video game. Gamers have had to wait a couple of years for the release. WWE2K20 was an unmitigated disaster that nearly killed the series completely.
WWE2K22 has been viewed as a “make or break” title in the series. If the game wasn’t vastly improved, it would make sense for WWE to look at other developers to shop around their valuable license. It appears that may be the case according to the latest from Fightful Select.
“The relationship between WWE and Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of 2K Sports, may be coming to an end. And it could result in WWE moving their games to a competing publisher for the first time ever.
Multiple sources have stated that WWE has had preliminary discussions with Electronic Arts (EA) about bringing the WWE Games line over to one of the top gaming publishers in the world.
Viewed as a “make or break” release for the series, there is a lot riding on the launch of WWE 2K22 and the following weeks and months. The last contract between the two parties was signed in 2016 and though no official details were made public, sources indicate that it was a six year agreement with options to extend it. Should the game be well received by the public and sales be around expectations, an extension could be not far behind. Should it be deemed a failure, a move to EA could become a greater possibility than ever before.”
WWE is said to be extremely frustrated with the reception of recent video games developed by 2K and parent company Take-Two Interactive. As copyright strikes and takedowns generally indicate a disaster of a release, Take-Two has been doing just that. This could be the final straw for WWE’s relationship with Take-Two and 2K Games.
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