The WWE has officially confirmed that the next WWE 2K game is canceled. WWE 2K21 will not be released, management said on an earnings call.
This news comes from the WWE, and developer 2K Sports has yet to comment. GameSpot has followed up with the company in an attempt to get more details.
Last year’s game, WWE 2K20, was poorly received. GameSpot’s review scored it a 2/10, and we noted in our review that the game’s “torrent of frequent and disruptive bugs and glitches” negatively affected the entire experience.
In response to the negative feedback, management at Take-Two said they were “disappointed.” However, president Karl Slatoff said he was optimistic about the future of the brand. “The WWE brand continues to expand worldwide. And we believe there remains a substantial long-term opportunity to grow our WWE 2K series by improving the quality of the game,” he said in November 2019.
WWE 2K20 was the first WWE game developed entirely by Visual Concepts, which also produces the NBA 2K series. The WWE 2K series was previously developed by the Japanese studio Yuke’s, though that studio became frustrated with its working relationship with 2K Sports, according to VGC. Yuke’s is now developing a wrestling game of its own to rival WWE 2K.
WWE 2K21 is officially not happening, per WWE.
— Alex McCarthy (@AlexM_talkSPORT) April 23, 2020