Following the auction
of a number of THQ assets last month after they announced their bankruptcy
in December, much was made about the fact that the auction round-up made no mention of the high profile WWE license of which THQ had exclusively published for 13 years across 14 games.
The main rumour
floating around following the auction was that Take-Two Interactive and their subsidiary 2K Sports had secured a deal with WWE for publishing the games. That rumour has now become fact as 2K and WWE have now officially announced that they have entered into an agreement with each other to produce wrestling games in the years to come across all major platforms and distribution channels.
Of course, the head honchos of both companies had plenty to say about the agreement and what it will mean to the popular franchise.
First up, David Ismailer, Chief Operating Officer for 2K, 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.
Casey Collins, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products for WWE, had the following to say:
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.
Unfortunately, Stone Cold was unavailable to provide the bottom line.
Jumping straight into business and ensuring that the annual release of WWE games is not interrupted, the first title as part of the new deal, WWE 2K14
, has also been confirmed for a release this Fall. Yuke's, THQ's long-time developer for the series, will again be handling development on the new title, but it is unknown how much of the game was originally in development before the deal was finalised or if Yuke's will continue to remain the developer for future 2K/WWE titles.
Finally, 2K have also confirmed that they will be taking over the reigns on continuing support for the latest THQ offering, WWE '13
. The details of what this support entails will be revealed soon.