By Joseph Leray
Take-Two Interactive, the parent company 2K Games, 2K Sports, and Rockstar Games, has agreed to publish future WWE-licensed wrestling games.
World Wrestling Entertainment-based games were previously licensed to THQ before the company went bankrupt at the end of last year. The 2K deal confirms previous rumors that Take-Two was interested in the property.
In a statement to Polygon, Take-Two confirmed that they “have entered into an agreement to publish the WWE video game series that is developed by Yukes. At this time, the agreement is pending court approval and we anticipate that it will be finalized shortly.” While some of THQ’s properties were auctioned off, Yukes’ WWE licensed failed to find a buyer, remaining a part of THQ’s bankruptcy procedures.
This new deal nullifies THQ’s previous licensing agreement with the WWE, leaving Take-Two an Yukes free to renegotiate the terms of future game development. The WWE has agreed to forego the $45 million that THQ owed it under the terms of the old deal. Yukes similarly dissolved their claims against THQ -- the Japanese studio was never paid the $15 to $20 million it was owed for “WWE ‘13.”
With the Yukes-developed WWE games accounted for, most of THQ’s major properties and franchises have been accounted for by my reckoning. There are some notable exceptions, though. While Volition was sold to Koch Media to work on “Saint’s Row,” their “Red Faction” series is still without a home. Vigil Games and “Darksiders” are in similar straits -- Vigil staff were laid off when the studio wasn’t sold at auction (and some found jobs at Crytek USA), but the company and its post-apocalyptic adventure series are still available for purchase.