One license that wasn’t swooped up by any publisher during the THQ fire-sale auction was the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) license. This left many to question the fate of the franchise, if it would be picked up down the line or disappear into obscurity. Well, today we have our answer, and it’s the former.
Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of 2K Games and Rockstar, is in the process of locking down the rights to the WWE brand, which is currently pending approval by the courts. If accepted, Take-Two will begin publishing future WWE titles developed by Yuke's, the same team that delivered the excellent WWE ’13.
Here’s the official statement provided by Take-Two:
"We can confirm that we have entered into an agreement to publish the WWE video game series that is developed by Yukes [sic]. At this time, the agreement is pending court approval and we anticipate that it will be finalized shortly. We are very excited about the potential of this agreement and will have more to share at the appropriate time."
The WWE license will be the second thing Take-Two walks away with coming out of the THQ bankruptcy auction. The first was a game called Evolve that’s being developed by Turtle Rock Studios.