None of these titles have an official name or specific release date, but it is confirmed, there will be more than one on the way. “We’re growing our sports offerings and building on our core games with new IP, as well as continued support of award-winning franchises, all with the goal of giving our fans more amazing games and entertainment for years to come.”. “The NFL is one of the most successful sports brands in the world, known for creating incredible entertainment for fans,” said David Ismailer, President of 2K. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. There are so many questions, and most will not be answered any time soon. “Expanding the NFL’s presence in the world of gaming has become a focus for the League as we look to grow the next generation of our fanbase and reviving our partnership with 2K was a natural step in that effort,” said Joe Ruggiero, Vice President of Consumer Products at the NFL. You may opt-out by. After more than 15 years, the NFL and 2K are partners again. Here's everything we know about the 2020 resurrection of Madden's biggest competitor. It would appear the simulation football market is still cornered by EA’s Madden franchise, but this is still a monumental re-establishment of a partnership between two mammoth organizations. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. Is a take on the NFL Street concept something that could be re-imagined by a 2K development team? At the very least, we know there will be a new brand of NFL games released beginning in 2021, and that’s more than what sports gamers had at their disposal before Tuesday’s announcement. The NFL and 2K are partners again, but the games that the developer has license to create with the professional football league’s intellectual properties are restricted to non-simulation concepts. The NFL 2K series could return in 2022, and if the release title/year concept continues as it has in the past, the first simulation 2K football since NFL 2K5 would be NFL 2K23. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. What kinds of non-simulation football titles are on the way? Mar 11, 2020 2K Games. If this is indeed the plan for 2K’s return to sim football, it’ll be interesting to see if there are any rumors circulating around the development of a game even before 2022 rolls around. If that scenario plays out, the NFL 2K series could return in 2022, and if the release title/year concept continues as it has in the past, the first simulation 2K football since NFL 2K5 would be NFL 2K23. On Tuesday morning, 2K distributed a press release announcing multiple “non-simulation football game experiences” that will begin in 2021. Could this be just the beginning of a bigger football experience? By Brady Langmann. You may opt-out by. We can expect the game to arrive in … You. You. This means 2K won’t be able to provide the EA Madden series any real competition for its core audience, at least not right now. 2K’s NBA 2K series has become a top-selling sports title, and the publisher also has WWE 2K, and The Golf Club in its sports lineup. Don’t expect EA to take this lying down. I cover sports video games like NBA 2K, Madden, MLB The Show, FIFA, NHL, EA UFC, Fight Night, Super Mega Baseball, DIRT, F1, NASCAR, Forza, and everything in between. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. https://ftw.usatoday.com/2020/03/nfl-2k-video-game-announcement-madden I cover sports video games like NBA 2K, Madden, MLB The Show, FIFA, NHL, EA UFC, Fight Night, Super Mega Baseball, DIRT, F1, NASCAR, Forza, and everything in between. I cover sports video games like NBA 2K, Madden, MLB The Show, FIFA, NHL, EA UFC, Fight Night, Super Mega Baseball, DIRT, F1, NASCAR, Forza, and everything in between. The 2K statement said: "specific game titles, developers and release dates will be announced at a later date." That would mean the absence from the simulation football world would be 18 long years. It’s exciting to bring together 2K’s expertise in creating award-winning sports games with the NFL’s renowned status as a world-class entertainment and sports organization.”. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. Based on the next statement in the release, there is reason to believe 2K may not be done expanding its sports gaming lineup. However, EA’s exclusive licensing rights with the NFL for a simulation title is scheduled to end at the end of the 2021 season, and it appears there is reason to believe 2K could get a piece of that very coveted pie when that agreement ends. Ideally, fans would love to see 2K do for football what it has done for basketball video games, but that level of expansion may have to wait. You can also find me previewing and recapping WWE PPV events. EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change, Michigan Economic Development Corporation BrandVoice. I cover sports video games like NBA 2K, Madden, MLB The Show, FIFA, NHL, EA UFC, Fight Night, Super Mega Baseball, DIRT, F1, NASCAR, Forza, and everything in between. Depending on how sure 2K is about its return to the sim-football world, the developer could position a team to begin preliminary development for their grand return. “2K is a worldwide leader in sports video games, with a proven track record of creating best-in-class and award-winning games and we look forward to sharing more about the projects we are working on with them in the future.”. If nothing else sim-football fans have something they didn’t have a week ago, and that’s hope that 2K could push EA and Madden from a competition standpoint. The Madden series is a significant portion of EA’s annual revenue. Once, I had everything I ever wanted. 2K has announced a partnership with OneTeam Partners and the National Football League Players Association to include "football's most prominent star players" in future NFL 2K games… There was a … “We’re thrilled to be back in business with the NFL in a partnership that will span multiple video games centered on fun, approachable and social experiences. You can also find me previewing and recapping WWE PPV events. The non-simulation part of the release is what will draw the attention of many hardcore sports gamers. Those who are hoping to see the return of the beloved NFL 2K series may need to contain their excitement. After more than 15 years, the NFL and 2K are partners again. On Tuesday morning, 2K distributed a press release announcing multiple “non-simulation … “It’s an exciting time for 2K and our fans,” said Ismailer. EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change, Michigan Economic Development Corporation BrandVoice, The Madden series is a significant portion. That may be what they’re doing with the non-simulation games that were confirmed in last week’s announcement.