NFL 2K Is Coming Back in 2021, but Madden Is Still the Exclusive SIM Football Game
The NFL and 2K are partners again, but the games that the developer has license to create with the professional football league’s intellectual properties are restricted to non-simulation concepts.
The NFL and 2K Games announced a new agreement that will see the publisher of NBA 2K and WWE 2K return to football, but EA’s long-running Madden NFL series will remain unchallenged in the high-end simulation market. “The games will be non-simulation football game experiences,” 2K said in its press release, adding, “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.” 2K Senior VP of Sports Strategy and Licensing Jason Argent told IGN, “These games will be ‘NFL 2K’ products, definitely.”
The agreement between 2K and the NFL — for which the parties did not disclose financial terms — will produce “multiple video games centered on fun, approachable and social experiences,” said 2K president David Ismailer in a statement.
On Tuesday, 2K announced a “multi-year partnership encompassing multiple future video games” with the NFL…
The first new NFL game from 2K is slated to release in late 2021 – but it won’t be a “football simulation” game.
“The games will be non-simulation football game experiences. 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.”
EA Sports responded to the news by noting that it is still the “exclusive publisher of NFL simulation games,” according to its deal with the NFL and NFLPA.
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