WWE license heading to Take-Two?

Sources say wrestling game franchise will be sold to Grand Theft Auto parent publisher; unclear if Yuke's will remain developer.

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Unspecified sources have told IGN that the WWE franchise license will be sold to Grand Theft Auto parent publisher Take-Two Interactive. Terms of the deal are not known, as these details have reportedly not yet been finalized.

A Take-Two representative said the company does not comment on rumors and speculation.

The official WWE Games Twitter account responded to the rumor, saying, "We don't have any details to share yet, but there will continue to be WWE Games. Stayed tuned for more information and some exciting news."

It is not clear if Take-Two will keep Yuke's--longtime series developer and owner of the game engine--on board for future games.

The WWE license was notably absent from THQ's formal auction process yesterday that saw its other franchises and studios sold to five different publishers.

Discussion

59 comments
k_h_a_n
k_h_a_n

wwe on pc...man....11 years drought on pc...so that's the biggest step you can take first....since you are parent publisher of titles like gta....I would like to see more open sandbox type game..especially in a self created player career mode...thirdly, lots of serious refinements such that rey mysterio is not able to lift up big show like a basket ball

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

What I liked about the past games was the community interaction with the fans and how they listened to our suggestions and helped made a good product. I'm afraid that will be lost in the transition. All that the series has gained in the last year will probably be lost and end up a mediocre game in the end...

AndyRolo86
AndyRolo86

This could end up being either good or bad news. On the good side of things Take Two might bring in a new developer or develop their first WWE game in house with a new engine built from scratch which would mean a WWE game that didn't feel just like the last one but with a few tweaks  On the bad side, being new to the WWE game licence they could royally fluff it up. Needless to say as a WWE and WWE game fan I for one will be interested to see how this one pans out.

ebonyflame
ebonyflame

If I were Take-Two, I would pass on this license.

OneSamTwoCups
OneSamTwoCups

WWE '13 was awesome just because of the Attitude era mode. I'm excited to see 2K get it. They have great sports games. Just please dump Yukes, 2K. Oh, and give us Macho Man Randy Savage for a game. He died for our sins in 2012 so the world wouldn't end, at least give him a roster spot in the next game.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Dump Yukes for crying out loud! Back to a tried-and-true grappling engine like WWF No Mercy and Virtual Pro Wrestling 2! AKI-engine 4 LIFE!!!

Mizarzeug
Mizarzeug

Maybe i could return to this tiltles, yukes stop making decent tiltles and creating garbage after smkvs raw 2007

wwefan4ever
wwefan4ever

So shooting a gun in a virtual environment is only okay when you do not shoot virtual people, but instead virtual targets? The "people" (Really a collection of polygons made to resemble people) in the games are just like the targets you shoot, not real.

wwefan4ever
wwefan4ever

Another moron who doesn't want to talk seriously.

wwefan4ever
wwefan4ever

@CyhortI82 If the people who make the MLB 2K games are doing WWE games, they will suck and people will BEG for THQ/Yukes back.

Conjuration
Conjuration

Take 2, just go back and play SmackDown 2 (PS1), and amplify it for the modern age. That's all that ever needed to be done. And make the roster like 50% wrestlers from the 80's and 90's. Boom. Big seller.

Deaho
Deaho

That would be cool ,take two is making a great job for NBA2K

Hardstyler2012
Hardstyler2012

what about the UFC games, they are much better than this shit,who got them?

tgwolf
tgwolf

Not like I care, even though a wrestling game is just higher than scum, it still isn't even close to exciting.

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

I would have liked to see Sega get this.

lil_jon86
lil_jon86

I don't care about this crap who in the hell is getting vigil (darksiders franchise) I am hopping its not crapcom

System4Ever
System4Ever

Please for the love of all that is holy or sacred let Take-Two get the WWE license!!!
I'm sick of these annual shitty wrestling games!

Allicrombie
Allicrombie moderator moderator

Would have liked to see what EA Sports could have done with the WWE license.

huehefner89
huehefner89

The games are fine just the way they are and now with the change we might get a piece of shit like the TNA game.

blackace
blackace

Yukes have been making these games for years and they are all very similar. Kind of reminds me of EA and the Madden, NCAA Football and NBA Live series. Same game, different year. I think they should let another company develop the game. See if we can get some innovative gameplay and content for the series.

RedWave247
RedWave247

With all due respect to Yukes, I wouldn't mind a new developer take over. Let's see what someone else might do with with the product. Take Two also owns the 2K sports games, do they not? How about them?

Jzagmen
Jzagmen

if you smeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell what take 2 is coockin

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Why report on something you don't know the answer to?


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69ingChimpmunks
69ingChimpmunks

My brother buys the games and they are almost exactly the same each year. Would it kill them to add some originality to the series?

burgeg
burgeg

For the love of god would the new owners please give All Stars 2 the go ahead? Now THAT was a good WWE game. Really good, fun gameplay. Just lacked in content. A sequel could be amazing. 

majere613
majere613

As interesting as this is, can we please have some investigation of what's going on with the 40k license? It's not been specifically mentioned so far and it's a pretty big deal!

FILIPINOY209
FILIPINOY209

@ebonyflame you pass up on a licesnse that brings in MILLIONS OF DOLLARS....MILLIONS OF DOLLARS....MILLIONS OF DOLLARS....MILLIONS OF DOLLARS?

TitanPolaris
TitanPolaris

@wwefan4ever  2K Sports games? MORE LIKE MLB 2K!! The Show is always the better series in baseball anyways. NBA 2K on the other hand is very good if you like basketball! EA SPORTS is the sports maker you shoud hate with a passion, I DO! I want NFL 2K back, MADDEN SUCKS!!! Other than NHL and FIFA, EA sports sucks BALLS PERIOD!! EA made MVP and NCAA basketball games DISAPPEAR from the market, so I'VE GOT NO LOVE FOR THEM AT ALL!! Monpolies KILL compitition and make games STALE. Bottom line bring back PC sports games, MVP Baseball, AND NFL 2K!!

emptycow
emptycow

@wwefan4ever 2k better trash yukes  and use there own teams   thq sucks at sports game the wwe games were almost unplayable  and the ufc games were broken  trash

SpardisJX
SpardisJX

@huehefner89 Have a little faith.  TNA's game was made by Midway Games.  Take-Two is a much more reputable company and will undoubtedly steer the WWE franchise in the right direction.

blackace
blackace

@huehefner89

WWE 12 was a  mess. So many bugs and poor controls. WWE 13 is definitely better, but the series could use a reboot.

lsthecawman
lsthecawman

@majere613 Although I can't say with any certainty, I saw someone else comment on a previous article that Games Workshop always retained the W40K license themselves and only 'loaned it' to developers. The same guy also claimed that there are rumours it was retracted as soon as THQ filed for chapter 11 and that SEGA are -allegedly- in negotiations as they already have the Warhammer fantasy one. Again, I'm not sure but it's one thing I heard mentioned. I think it was on the comments on the "THQ dissolved" article on here...

ebonyflame
ebonyflame

@FILIPINOY209 @ebonyflame I would indeed as the investment in the title would take away from other things that could be worth even more such as Bioshock, GTA, etc. They already have a stable full of great games, okay games and mediocre games. They should instead focus their energies on creating and improving their existing titles since Take Two is another company that is always teetering on the verge of collapse every few years.

FILIPINOY209
FILIPINOY209

@ebonyflame @FILIPINOY209 No matter what people are going to buy the WWE games anyway as well as BIOSHOCK, and GTA.  They also are the sole maker of an NBA game which should set them far from 5 years from now.