UPDATE: In an update from 2K, the game has been delayed to 2022.
One of the better stories to come out of 2020 was the reunion of the NFL and 2K Sports to revive a form of NFL 2K. The two sides announced back in March 2020 a new multi-year agreement that will see 2K Sports release multiple non-simulation football games across various platforms.
Though plenty of games are being delayed far beyond their anticipated release for obvious reasons, the new NFL 2K game doesn’t appear to be one of them for now
According to multiple people close to the development of the game, everything is moving right along as scheduled. One person told SGO that “things have been going as smooth as they could despite everything going on.”
Hearing that has to certainly be music to the ears of fans eagerly awaiting any news on what the new NFL 2K game will be like. That information is still be kept close to those working on it, but SGO was told that new details will be coming “sooner than many expect”.
That was followed up with a sly “stay tuned ;-)” message.
What should you expect from NFL 2K?
Those last two statements would make it easy to assume that the first official information on the game will come ahead of E3 2021, which is the next major gaming event of the year. While it could be something as small as a name and/or cover athlete, the idea of getting anything right now is sure to be exciting for all football gaming fans.
As mentioned earlier, the new game will be a non-simulation game due to EA Sports still holding on to the exclusive rights to produce simulation NFL experiences. Though, the idea of Madden NFL being simulation is always going to be debated by players, the fact remains that the new NFL 2K game will be a more arcade experience. Even if it has modes like franchise, online leagues, and more, it’s still going to be more akin to that of, say, NBA 2K Playgrounds than the NFL 2K games of old.
Still, no matter what it is, it’s a welcomed addition to a market that has become too limited in offerings since the mid-2000s.
What are you hoping to see from the first NFL 2K game in over 17 years? Let us know in the comment section below, and stick with Sports Gamers Online for more as it becomes available.