Based on a rumor that surfaced last week, publisher 2K Sports isn’t planning to bring any WWE game to the Wii U. And, according to Eurogamer, the next title in the series, WWE 2K14, will indeed skip Nintendo’s latest console. The last game in the WWE series to hit a Nintendo console was WWE ‘13 for Wii in 2012. WWE 2K14 is scheduled to launch later this year on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
A 4Chan user claims that publisher Take-Two Interactive has no plans to release Grand Theft Auto V, or any of its mature-rated games on Wii U. The user also claims that 2K Sports will not bring a WWE game to Wii U. Although rumors from 4Chan should be taken with a grain of salt, keep in mind that Grand Theft Auto V has not yet been announced for Wii U, and WWE ’13 skipped the Wii U last year.
Here is the entire quote taken from GoNintendo, before the 4Chan post went down:
There’s no plans to ever bring a WWE game to the Wii U anytime in the distant future. I know this information because a 3D Animator on the project. I am working directly with people like Jeff Godfrey who is the art director on the project. Visual Concepts and 2K Sports is working with Yukes on the project.
You may remember that Wii U never received WWE ’13 at launch while 360/PS3 did. Yukes has no interest in Wii U when they were working with THQ, and they still don’t now that they’re working with 2K Sports.
Also word around the offices is that Take Two and Rockstar have no plans to bring Grand Theft Auto or any of Rockstar’s major M rated games to the Wii U.
Rumours appear to be circulating online that EA now has the rights to the lucrative WWE license. As you probably already know, ill-fated development studio THQ used to have the rights to the franchise, but EA apparently picked up the license at the ongoing THQ auction. EA apparently managed to secure the WWE license last week, but has yet to make a formal announcement.
Update: IGN is now reporting that it’s Take Two that may have acquired the WWE license.