EA and WWE reportedly join forces for future wrestling games
It looks like World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) may be ending its relationship with Take-Two Interactive and 2K Sports in search of a new publisher.
According to a report by Fighting selection Earlier today, WWE recently held talks with publishing giant Electronic Arts (EA) about the future of its wrestling games. Such discussions have taken place in the past, but WWE became particularly interested in licensing a new publishing partner “after the disappointment that was WWE 2K20 and the lackluster reception of WWE 2K Battlegrounds. “.
WWE 2K20, described by wrestling fans as the worst game ever, was a complete disaster on many levels and the only reason 2K Sports had to delay WWE 2K21 for another year to redeem itself.
WWE 2K22 will be released in a few days and will apparently be a “make or break” for the franchise, meaning WWE 2K22 sales will ultimately decide whether Take-Two Interactive loses its wrestling license or not.
WWE has had discussions with EA for future video games, per @MikeStrawMedia on Fightful Select. This could be huge for the WWE gaming brand.
— Fightful.com’s Sean Ross Sapp (@SeanRossSapp) March 7, 2022
“WWE has shown a great deal of frustration with the reception and lack of success of recent games,” the report read. “The games market is a major selling point for them, and they think they’ve fallen behind the competition.”
Considering EA has already been approached about the future of its wrestling game brand, it could be that WWE has little faith in WWE 2K22 sales. That being said, early reviews for the game are actually positive, with several reviewers admitting that the gameplay is much more enjoyable than previous installments in the franchise.
Take-Two Interactive and 2K Sports have been leading the WWE 2K brand for less than a decade now, with the upcoming new installment being the eighth mainline entry in the series.