The nearly 20-year relationship between video game developer Yuke’s and WWE has come to an end.
Video Games Chronicle first reported Yuke’s was splitting from 2K and that California-based company Visual Concepts would be taking over full development of the WWE game series.
Visual Concepts has been co-developing the WWE 2K games with Yuke’s since 2014.
2K released a statement to VGC saying: “As we’ve continued to invest in the WWE 2K franchise, we’ve seen the Visual Concepts team display 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 also confirmed the split, but noted they’ll still provide support to 2K for the game engine.
The Japanese video game studio has been involved in making WWE games since 1999’s SmackDown.
Yuke’s previously stated that they were developing a new wrestling series outside of WWE, but additional details on what that might entail have not been announced.
WWE 2K20’s development team shared a video on Tuesday in which the studio change is addressed. In the clip, it’s explained that the upcoming edition of the game will be a glimpse into the future of what you can expect from Visual Concept’s vision for the WWE 2K series.