2K and WWE have just announced an exclusive multi-year agreement. The agreement gives 2K the exclusive worldwide rights to publish the WWE videogame franchise across all major platforms and distribution channels.
The series will continue to be developed by Yukes in Japan, but will now “combine the studio’s signature gameplay with 2K’s commitment to authenticity in WWE ‘14.”
The press release reads: “With the addition of the WWE franchise, 2K will continue a highly-successful, 15-year tradition established by past WWE titles.”
The rights to the WWE license were sold off earlier in the year at the THQ auction, although financial terms of this new agreement have not been disclosed.
2K CEO David Ismailer commented: “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 of Consumer Products for WWE, believes that “2K’s reputation for outstanding quality and dedication to authenticity are a perfect fit for WWE.” He continued: “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.”
“The development work on the WWE franchise is impressive, and we’re excited to combine our background in developing the NBA 2K series 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.”
WWE ’14 is currently in development at Yukes and is scheduled to be available for consoles in Autumn 2013.