WWE Move to Take Two Confirmed

Posted February 13th, 2013 at 5:15 pm


As reported here last month and from multiple other sources the WWE license has been obtained by Take Two the parent company of 2K Sports. The question since turned to how the series would be handled moving forward given that the development studio, Yukes, would not be part of that transaction. Courtesy of Bloomberg some details have arrived today. 

The agreement appears beneficial to the now defunct THQ as both Yukes and WWE – the second largest unsecured creditor owed $45 million and would have been able to go after additional early contract termination fees – have reduced their claims in an effort to make for a smoother transition. Take Two will attempt to hire former THQ employees for WWE and could potentially reach a contract with Yukes though whether that will happen remains unclear at this point. That would seem to be the likely outcome even if it is just for a year or two.

Those hoping for a fresh start for WWE may not be getting it if the news holds true. Obviously the direction from the top would lead to changes but bringing in THQ’s former employees and possibly sticking with Yukes for development would mean at least in the short term not much would be different. The alternative though would be to have no WWE games for the next couple years as building from scratch would be a massive project to undertake.

  • vecctro

    Yuke’s really??? Damn well there goes any optimism.

  • t296

    Same old same old game then. Change publisher but the game will continue to be crap.


    • Amen_Ra

      This year’s game was actually pretty good. Should have been in Pasta’s top 3.

  • mcmax3000

    I was kind of interested in seeing the potential outcome of another developer getting a crack at a WWE game, but at the same time, we likely would’ve had to go through a number of years of really stripped down games, with limited move sets/match types/creation options before getting anywhere near what the current games have, so I’m not really too upset by the outcome that we got.

  • cex

    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Yuke’s is awful

  • Matt

    The next couple years building from scratch? Hell, take 5 years off and actually make a decent game again.

  • Dalibor

    Wow, I had no idea that there was so much disdain for Yuke’s (funny that Pasta spelled them incorrectly in his news piece). They did a pretty good job with UFC Undisputed these past few years, so I’m shocked that the WWE series has suffered so much.
    But perhaps the deal that T2 and Yuke’s will set up will be a short one. Considering the fact that it technically takes 3-4 years to properly develop something from scratch, there may have been no option but to use Yuke’s for the time being. Is there a different development studio T2 could have partnered with and be able to have a game ready for this year? I can’t think of one.
    Realistically, even if T2 wanted to work with someone else, it would result in at least an 18-month period before we got our hands on a game. But since Yuke’s has the assets, knowledge and now funding, they can improve what they’ve worked on.

    Let’s be cautiously optimistic before we start complaining. E3 is now going to be so much more interesting with the Fourth Generation, EA’s UFC game (we hope) and NBA Live (again, we hope).

    • Samm

      One good game out of a studio doesn’t mean others will be good. Look at NBA 2K vs MLB 2K or FIFA vs NBA Live (when it was at EA Canada).

      WWE has been so stale and full of bugs over the years. Its basically still running on a PS2 engine.

  • WWE 13 sucks