After parent company Take-Two acquired the rights from THQ in 2013, 2K announced today that they’ve extended their partnership with the WWE to exclusively develop and publish “video game properties across all major platforms and distribution channels” worldwide.
Financial terms and exact length of the partnership wasn’t given, just that it’s a “new multi-year exclusive agreement.”
2K’s Visual Concepts studio and Yuke’s will continue to develop the WWE 2K games.
2K COO David Ismailer said:
2K’s partnership with WWE over the past three years has resulted in a successful and important addition to the Company’s portfolio of profitable franchises. We are thrilled with the positive momentum of the WWE 2K series, including generating year-over-year growth, as well as the success of WWE SuperCard. We are very pleased to extend our partnership with WWE and look forward to many more years of collaboration.
Casey Collins, WWE Executive Vice President of Consumer Products added, “2K’s leadership in authenticity, quality and overall brand dedication has been a perfect complement for WWE. Our continued partnership ensures WWE remains at the forefront of global video game brands as we continue innovating and publishing our offerings on multiple platforms.”
If you currently own WWE 2K16, 2K has warned of a Universe Mode issue with the new Future Stars DLC on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, asking you not to download it yet:
We’re aware of an issue some users are experiencing with Universe Mode save data connected to the Future Stars Pack DLC. After initial investigation, we’ve found this issue only affects PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game… If you are an active Universe Mode player on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, we recommend waiting to download the Future Stars Pack until we fully investigate and resolve the issue. Thank you for your patience.
This issue doesn’t affect PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 owners of WWE 2K16.