NEW YORK –
2K Sports has announced a new deal with the NFL to make video games. The series is expected to launch in 2021.
The popular gaming company says its new football series will be “non-simulation football game experiences,” per company press release. There hasn’t been any specific release dates or titles but the company suggests that this deal lines up multiple games.
“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. “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. 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.”
“Non-simulation” games are code for arcade experiences.
If you’re like me, you got really excited when the headline scrolled down the timeline. I jumped into the beautiful memories of NFL 2K5 and the realism that it encompassed. To be honest, I just now stopped playing 2K5.
My brother and I would update the rosters (yes, creating every player took forever) to current times. Then we’d take each team into an intense franchise. The game was that good. Honestly speaking, EA Sports just released its first title that is better than 2K5; this year.
While it’s still a goosebumpy moment to see the words “NFL” next to “2K”, it’s still underwhelming that it’s been reduced to an arcade game. I imagine something like NFL Blitz which is cool for the moment but not really my cup of tea currently. Doesn’t mean that’s everyone’s thought process but just mine.
-and probably millions of other Franchise gamers.
Don’t confuse my dejection with pure disdain. I’m happy to see 2K stepping into the football world again. I just wish that it was a full-franchise option that could capitalize on Madden’s weaknesses and create a realistic football experience. There are just certain things that 2K has been able to accomplish that EA cannot. It’s certain elements of sporting games that 2K encompasses that makes you feel like you’re right in the action.
Nonetheless, as 2K continues to re-define their sports options, it’s an exciting for gamers.
“It’s an exciting time for 2K and our fans,” said Ismailer. “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.”