As announced by 2K Games and the National Football League (NFL), the companies are reviving their collaboration for the first time since 2004. The result of the partnership: From 2021 onwards, non-simulation football video games are to be published, several at the same time.
More NFL video games are coming - but more accessible ones
2K Games will not bring a new Madden-like football video game onto the market, that is currently reserved for EA Sports. Given the high quality level of the Madden series, it would be difficult to actually compete with Electronic Arts anyway, because EA does not weaken with these franchise games. Instead, 2K Games wants to focus on titles with easily accessible gaming fun, which among other things focus on “social experiences”. The games are non-simulation football games.
The titles, developers and release dates of the games will be announced at a later date. However, 2K confirmed that the projects are in the early development phase and should appear from the calendar year 2021, i.e. in the course of the financial year 2022 of parent company Take Two.
As an international developer and publisher of interactive entertainment based in Novato, California, 2K previously published an NFL-licensed video game series from 1999 to 2004 under the company's own label “2K Sports”. Six main games and a spin-off came on the market, the ratings were mostly positive at the time.
The NFL is one of the most successful sports brands in the world and is known for bringing incredible entertainment experiences to their fans. We're excited to be working with the NFL again to create multiple video games designed for easily accessible gaming fun and social experiences. Bringing 2K's experience in creating award-winning sports games together with the NFL's reputation as a world-class entertainment and sports organization is an exciting project.
David Ismailer, President of 2K
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