As most people will already know by now, THQ’s and Yuke’s annual WWE gaming franchise has come to an end with THQ’s bankruptcy. What will become of WWE ’14?
It was rumored that the WWE Games franchise was not a part of the THQ auction because WWE cancelled its contract with THQ the minute it realized the company went bankrupt. It was reported that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon “blew a gasket” upon hearing of THQ’s bankruptcy. This is because THQ still owed WWE $45 million. This is a lot of money that McMahon is unlikely to ever get back.
Since the WWE Games franchise was not a part of the THQ auction, no other game publisher was able to bid on it. That is until “an anonymous source” told IGN that the franchise was bought off by Take Two. A week has gone by since that report and no official news has been revealed since then.
The only clue we have is that the WWE Games franchise will continue to still be made. This message is from the WWEGames Facebook page: “We don’t have any details to share yet, but there WILL continue to be WWE Games. Stay tuned for more information and some exciting news!”
If Take Two did indeed purchase the franchise, will it start the series from scratch or will it continue with the work that Yuke’s had been doing for WWE ’14? Before THQ went bankrupt, work was already underway for WWE ’14 and the game was set to be released later this year. Now all of this is uncertain thanks to THQ’s bankruptcy.
From a fan’s point of view, some will want to see the series ACTUALLY rebooted. WWE ’12 was the supposed reboot of the franchise but it really wasn’t. The only thing that changed was the control scheme but it still had the same moves, commentary and graphics engine as the previous Smackdown vs. Raw games…
If Take Two decides to make the next WWE game, it’s likely they’ll use one of its own developers. If WWE ’14 is to become WWE 2K14 instead, I’m sure some fans won’t mind the change. Still, if a new developer is to make a WWE game from scratch, it’s unlikely the game will be released later this year. This might come as bad news for McMahon once again since the WWE earns quite a bit of revenue from selling video games each year.
Would you like to see WWE ’14 out this year or wait until Take Two can develop its own WWE 2K series?