THQ Dissolved, WWE License heading to 2K
As of this afternoon, THQ as a company has been dissolved and all of it’s licenses and properties have been auctioned off. We know where several prominent franchises and studios are going but we simply have no idea on where the WWE video games license has found as a home.
What we do know is that a new company will definitely be publishing WWE games starting immediately. The Twitterverse is abuzz with rumors that either of both EA and Take Two have bought the license — and it would stand to reason that one side of the other is correct. The WWE was owed $45 million from THQ when the company went under, so most likely WWE will be looking for a stable and somewhat wealthier business partner this time around.
The status of a WWE game for 2013 will depend upon how the new publisher approaches WWE video games. If the publisher starts from scratch, there may not be another WWE game on the market for at least a year or two.
Requests for confirmation out of either EA or 2K have been returned with no comments as of this writing. I’ll update this space as soon as any real news breaks.
Update #1: A formal court document shows that WWE’s license was NOT auctioned off in the sale of THQ’s assets. This tends to indicate WWE cancelled their licensing deal with THQ and has shopped or is shopping their property unilaterally.
Update #2: A source from 2K has confirmed that the company will be acquiring the WWE games license. IGN isalso reporting this story on their site.
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