The WWE video game license has been in the hands of many different developers and publishers over the years, with the first WWE game, MicroLeague Wrestling, released all the way back in 1987 for the Commodore 64 and Atari ST.
Some of the more notable developers and publishers who have held the license include Acclaim, who was behind games such as Warzone and Attitude, THQ who held the license from 1999 until 2012, and most recently Take-Two Entertainment and 2K who have produced all WWE video games since WWE 2K14 in 2013.
2019’s WWE 2K20 was a disaster, with the game plagued by issues that caused the next entry to be canceled and the developers spend a lot more time overhauling the game for WWE 2K22 which releases later this week.
It now looks like the WWE 2K20 disaster could be the catalyst for WWE to look elsewhere for a studio to take the reigns of the IP, and that studio/publisher could be EA (Electronic Arts).
According to Fightful Select, WWE could be looking to end their long-standing relationship with Take-Two Entertainment and 2K and are currently in early discussions with EA to bring the IP to their studios.
“Multiple sources have stated that WWE has had preliminary discussions with Electronic Arts (EA) about bringing the WWE Games line over to one of the top gaming publishers in the world.”
EA is perhaps best known for its sports titles, with the developer/publisher being in charge of handling games for some of the biggest sports IPs in the world, including the FIFA football games, and Madden NFL American football games, as well as developing basketball, golf, and other sports game in the past.
This wouldn’t be the first time that EA has stepped into the professional wrestling ring, with them publishing both WCW Mayhem in 1999 and WCW Backstage Assault in 2000, although both of those games were fairly dreadful so that doesn’t give us much confidence.
With EA being another top studio that releases yearly sports titles like 2K, it does make sense that they would be the next logical choice for WWE as they have a proven track record for delivering new games on a frequent basis.
As of right now, nothing has been confirmed, and if more news breaks regarding this we will update you as soon as we have the information.
WWE 2K22 is available on March 11 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.