2K are to start making NFL games again, EA retain simulation license

2K have announced that they are returning to NFL with multiple games in development. “While specific game titles, developers and release dates will be announced at a later date, 2K confirmed the projects are in early development and will launch starting in calendar year 2021, during Take-Two’s fiscal year 2022,” explains a press release.

“The NFL is one of the most successful sports brands in the world, known for creating incredible entertainment for fans,” said David Ismailer, President of 2K. “We’re thrilled to be back in business with the NFL in a partnership that will span multiple video games centered on fun, approachable and social experiences. It’s exciting to bring together 2K’s expertise in creating award-winning sports games with the NFL’s renowned status as a world-class entertainment and sports organization.”

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The previous NFL 2K franchise which ran from 1999 to 2004 was published on the 2K sports label which currently sports (aha!) WWE and PGA tour games.

This announcement does not affect EA’s long standing series of NFL games and the publisher has issued a statement clarifying the issue. In short, EA only have the license for ‘simulation’ games, so whatever 2K are planning will be more arcade orienated or perhaps not even a sports title, we might get Bioshock: NFL.

Here is the full statement from EA:

EA SPORTS is the exclusive publisher of NFL simulation games, and our partnership with the NFL and NFLPA remains unchanged. Our agreements have always allowed for non-exclusive development of non-simulation games on various platforms. Our commitment to NFL fans, which spans almost 30 years, has never been stronger, and we’re having our biggest year yet.

Madden NFL 20 is the most successful game ever in the franchise, and new modes like Superstar KO and our Madden NFL esports broadcasts are growing the fan base. We’ll be building on that momentum with more new and different experiences, on more platforms and with new ways to play, in the years to come.”

Source: Press release / APNews

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