2K Games has confirmed they’re ending their long-running partnership with Japanese developer Yuke’s on the WWE 2K series.
The studio confirmed (via the VGC) that California-based developer Visual Concepts, who co-developed recent WWE 2K games, will now solely develop future titles.
Previously, Yuke’s had been the sole developer on the various WWE games for a number of years – the ending of their license today marking a new two decade partnership is over.
“WWE 2K20 will be developed by Visual Concepts, who have worked with Yuke’s on the development of the series since WWE 2K14.
“As we’ve continued to invest in the WWE 2K franchise, we’ve seen the Visual Concepts team display incredible passion, talent and commitment to the future of the series. We thank Yuke’s for their years of partnership and are excited to see what the Visual Concepts team brings to the franchise moving forward.”
Yuke’s provided a separate statement, noting they plan to “continue providing support to 2K with regard to the game engine.” The Japanese studio previously handled the art, tech, and overall design of the games, while Visual Concepts handled audio, animation, and script writing.
Previously, Yuke’s had confirmed they’re working on an entirely new wrestling IP. We’ll keep you guys posted.