2K Games will end online support for its WWE 2K19 and WWE 2K20 video games in just over a month.
“To the WWE 2K Community: On June 30, 2022, we will be ending support for WWE 2K19 and WWE 2K20 servers,” 2K Games tweeted from an official account on Monday. “This includes all online features, such as online matches and community creations. We are fully focused on supporting #WWE2K22. Thank you for your continued support!”
After June 30, players will no longer be able to play any online mode on WWE 2K19 and WWE 2K20. There will also no longer be access to user-created content or any other functionality that requires 2K server support.
The release of WWE 2K20 was a critical and commercial failure. The game was plagued with numerous technical issues and bugs. The failure of 2K20 contributed to both parties’ decision to skip development and release. WWE 2K21. Online support for WWE 2K19 was extended in response to the negative reaction to its follow-up.
It has been reported that WWE’s relationship with 2K Games parent company Take-Two Interactive has become strained in recent years. 2K Sports and WWE 2K22 Developer Visual Concepts reportedly clashed with WWE over several factors in the game’s development. The main cause of the tension appears to be the release date of WWE 2K22.
WWE pushed for the game to be released in the fall of 2021, as previous games had been, while 2K and Visual Concepts pushed for the spring delay, which they eventually received. The main reason 2K and Visual Concepts requested the delay was to circumvent WWE roster cuts.
WWE reportedly had discussions with Electronic Arts (EA) about transferring the WWE Games division to that company. The last contract signed between WWE and Take-Two was in 2016. No official details have been made public, but the contract is believed to have been a six-year deal with extension options.
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