2K Release Schedule Essentially Confirms This Year’s Next-Gen Plans

Posted May 13th, 2013 at 2:00 pm


It has been widely expected that 2K Sports would release NBA 2K14 on the PS4 and next Xbox which would likely come shortly after first releasing on the 360 and PS3. However WWE 2K14 – considering the acquisition of the license from THQ who had been battling financial trouble, the continued development from Yuke’s studio, and the even tighter time frame between the two – appeared unlikely to make that same fluid transition. The quarterly financial report from Take Two has basically confirmed those are the plans for later this year. 

WWE 2K14 has been declared as an Xbox 360 and PS3 title (out 10/29) while NBA 2K14 (10/1) carries with it the “TBD” tag. There would be no reason to cover up the platforms it was coming to other than to push off an announcement related to the next-gen consoles. Indecision regarding a PC or Wii U version, or even having determined they would walk away from one or both, would not require such secrecy at this stage. In fact that has generally been the way 2K has revealed information of the sort – through deliberate omissions in the financial reports.

2K will be facing a difficult situation this winter as they attempt to sell both a current and next-gen edition of NBA 2K14. They’ll have to provide justification for fans to buy both and dazzle those who might be waiting for the new systems without making the current-gen seem inadequate in comparison. It’s a delicate balancing act that EA Sports will too be facing with Madden and FIFA. In addition they may have competition in the form of NBA Live at launch.

  • Heweb

    Waits for Keith to come in and change the subject to EA’s financials instead of talking about how Take Two posted an annual loss for the fiscal year. According to his logic that means NBA 2K13 was a failure.

    • Keith.

      Why talk about EA’s failings when there’s so much positive to talk about with Take Two:

      “Take-Two Interactive Software reported revenue of $1.222 billion for fiscal 2013. That’s a 48 percent increase compared to 2012.

      The publisher also reported a non-GAAP net income of $33.1 million, or 36 cents per diluted share. That’s up sharply from a net loss of $59.4 million in 2012.

      For its fourth quarter, which ended March 31, Take-Two generated $303.1 million in revenue. That was also up big from $148.2 million in the same period from the prior year.”

      Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/13/bioshock-infinite-and-more-push-take-two-revenues-up-48-percent-in-fiscal-2013/#Zvh7O4YWY6oTGyFw.99

      • Rob

        Thats our Keith.

  • Damn I was hoping we’d get WWE 14 on PC. The biggest shot in the arm that series could get would be an active and devoted modding community.

  • Keith.

    Very interesting to hear Take Two say during the conference call that the MLB2k release was “profitable” and that the game “contributed meaningfully” to Take Two’s hugely successful quarter.

    • Ryan

      When you release the same game 2 years in a row at full price it’s bound to make some amount of money.

      • Keith.

        Don’t need to tell me — I’ve watched EA/Tiburon do it for years.

  • mcmax3000

    I really enjoyed WWE 13 a lot last year, but no way can I see myself buying WWE 2K14 at the end of October if it’s a current gen only game.

    The new Xbox being backwards compatible might make me consider it, if it’s got a good hook, but I think by then, I’ll be looking for next-gen only.

  • MoneyMayweather

    No NFL 2k til at least Fall 2014 at the earliest then.

  • Gregg

    I think Ill skip 360 2k14 and just get one on PS4 or 720 whichever I decide to get. Was bored with the last 2 years of it anyway.

  • Awaiting–like an insane dumbass–the return of All-Pro Football.

  • FootballFan

    LOL “competition in the form of NBA Live”. Funniest thing I’ve heard all day.

  • Would be nice if 2k could finally make a game where it isn’t a half product.

  • cawes

    I wont be buying another WWE game until Yukes is gone.

  • dave travis

    I’m trippin on why so many people are excited to get the new systems the first year? We all know they are going to have problems galore…. I’m waiting a full year before I get one of those systems, I will never forget the countless adventures in the 3 rings of death….. no thank you PS4 and Next xbox until 2015

    • I think people are just ready for something new. This has been the longest generation…going on 8 years now.

    • Details

      I’m with you there. I’m gonna resist the urge to buy a next gen console until the kinks are worked out. Lesson learned from the 360. I just hope games aren’t stripped down again on next gen. No excuses for that this time around. Maybe NCAA will finally add CHAINGANGS next gen? Lol!

    • smsixx

      I normally wait 6 months after release…

      This is usually when the initial bugs are fixed and the second and 3rd shipments are being put on shelves (with problems resolved).

      A lot of people also forget that the next gen games (developers) also take a year or two to fully harness the power of the new consoles…A lot of the Xbox 360 launch titles (Hitman, Kameo, and PGR 3) honestly looked like they were Xbox games.

      The PS3 had a similar fate…as Uncharted was one of the first games released on PS3 that fully utilized all of the consoles capabilities. It was released one full year after PS3 hit the shelves.

  • SMH

    2K doesnt have news for me until they’re coming out with an NFL/NCAA licensed football game…might be awhile before that

  • Zach

    I’m not buying PS4 until end of 2014. No new games will even be out by then in full force. It’s going to take them a while to figure things out I assume