2K officially pins WWE licence

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As was rumoured during the great THQ asset auction, it looks like 2K sports will indeed be taking the reins on the WWE video game licence. Those hoping for a more serious simulation experience as with 2K’s other sports games might want to dial your excitement though.

There are all sorts of boring legal implications with the deal; money changing hands, contracts being bought out and the like, but the most interesting bit of news is that it seems like 2K won;t be doing development; that duty will still be done, unfortunately, by stalwart developer Yukes.

"We can confirm that we have entered into an agreement to publish the WWE video game series that is developed by Yukes.” Take-Two said in a statement to Polygon. “At this time, the agreement is pending court approval and we anticipate that it will be finalized shortly. We are very excited about the potential of this agreement and will have more to share at the appropriate time."

If there’s one thing that WWE games sorely need is a new developer; Japanese developer Yukes has been handling the duty for over a decade now and it shows – mostly because they’re still largely using the same engine they have since they began.

There’s nothing like a good wrestling game, but the last 7 or so iterations of the WWE titles have been Nothing like good wrestling games.

Last Updated: February 14, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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