2k Sports and WWE 2K Developer Yuke’s announced on Tuesday that they are no longer partners. The partnership lasted for 20 years. This is according to a report by PlayStation LifeStyle. Hiromi Furuta, Yuke’s Senior Vice President and producer, was the one that revealed that Yuke wanted to take a brand new direction for a really long time.
Furuta was also concerned about the relationship with 2K Sports due to the decline in sales recently. The decline began after WWE 2K18. Furuta stated that her team will be working on their own wrestling game and IP, and it will compete with their former partner.
“We are aware that our creators are beginning to lose sight of their passion and confidence and becoming focused only on completing assigned tasks," Furuta stated. "That's not the direction Yuke's wants to go in.
Right now, looking at the market demands, players are expecting something new every time we release a game and we feel like we haven't achieved what we've really wanted to do”. It is true that the WWE 2K series had not improved over the past few years.
Most of the assets are reused and the gameplay is not that good, according to various games critics. Wrestling games have proved to be profitable for the WWE in the past though. Only time will tell whether the WWE will continue this series.