For 20 years, japanese developer Yuke's have been the main developer behind all World Wrestling Entertainment games under THQ and, after the publisher's closure, 2K Games. Today the Osaka-based studio will no longer be developing WWE games for 2K, including the upcoming WWE 2K20.
Video Games Chronicle received a statement from 2K confirming the news. Visual Concepts will be the sole developer for WWE wrestling games. Visual Concepts served as co-developer on the WWE 2K series since WWE 2K14.
2K gave the following statement to IGN:
“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 deisplay 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 developers had been stating for a while that the time-pressure on WWE games was causing the quality of the game to suffer, an issue often brought up by fans of the games. The Studio has been working on an original wrestling game alongside WWE and also worked on the recent Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain.
WWE 2K20 releases on October 22, 2019 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC