Well, the moment a lot of you have been waiting for is finally here. In a new deal with the NFL and 2K games, I’m happy to announce that NFL 2K Football will be officially returning. The franchise has been dormant since 2004 thanks to the exclusive partnership that the NFL and EA Sports has had for years, but now that it over. Many fans of the series still hold the 2K Football games as the best over Madden even now. So it’s nice to see it return and to bring back some competition that has sorely been missed.
David Ismailer, president of 2K had this to say regarding the deal: “The NFL is one of the most successful sports brands in the world, known for creating incredible entertainment for fans. 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.”
The NFL also weighed in on the partnership as well: “Expanding the NFL’s presence in the world of gaming has become a focus for the league as we look to grow the next generation of our fanbase, and reviving our partnership with 2K was a natural step in that effort.”
So like most of us, you’re probably wondering how EA Sports feels on the partnership? Well EA has also released a statement: “EA SPORTS is the exclusive publisher of NFL simulation games, and our partnership with the NFL and NFLPA remains unchanged. Our agreements have always allowed for the non-exclusive development of non-simulation games on various platforms. Our commitment to NFL fans, which spans almost 30 years, has never been stronger, and we’re having our biggest year yet. Madden NFL 20 is the most successful game ever in the franchise, and new modes like Superstar KO and our Madden NFL esports broadcasts are growing the fan base. We’ll be building on that momentum with more new and different experiences, on more platforms and with new ways to play, in the years to come.”
Regardless of your personal preference of 2K or EA, competition is a good thing and this will only make both companies work even harder to make the best game possible to win you over. Are you excited for the return of NFL 2K Football? Let us know in the comment section below. Before you go, if you’re interested in buying the sequel to Ori check out our preview of Ori and the Will of the Wisps here.