The return of the NFL 2K series is on hold, for now, as 2K Sports recently announced the game’s delay.
At least one reason for the delay of the new NFL 2K game has to do with the release window. Mainly, it was a conflict between the NFL and 2K Sports on when the game should come out.
As of January, both the NFL and 2K sports were aiming for a 2021 launch. Both sides wanted the game out for the upcoming football season and seemed determined to make it happen. Unfortunately, however, with the Covid-19 pandemic still impacting the World, development timelines had to be adjusted.
The NFL had wanted the game launched prior to the start of the 2021 NFL season, but 2K Sports made it clear in the spring that it wasn’t going to be the case. Rather, it was more likely to be a holiday season launch. This had many within the league feeling it was too late in the year to properly build up hype for it with some even thinking fans wouldn’t want to play the game by then.
Eventually, the agreement was made between the two sides to not rush the new NFL 2K title, and just delay and wait until next year to release.
We were told that it wasn’t the only reason for the delay but was a part of why the game was pushed back. Other possible causes weren’t provided at the time.
Updated NFL 2K Return Timeline
The NFL, NFLPA, and 2K Sports announced — in a way — the return of the NFL 2K series in Match 2020 after 16 years apart. The agreement will see multiple “non-simulation” football games released while still being a “deep, fun and very authentic product offering”
Since the announcement, news has been extremely scarce on the development of the game. Many are expecting something along the lines of an NBA Playgrounds-style game, while others believe the new NFL 2K will provide something completely different than what fans have seen.
With the new NFL 2K delay official, it’s unlikely that we’ll hear or see anything as far as a major update goes during E3 2021. Take-Two, the parent company of 2K Sports, does have a presence at the annual event, which does leave a little glimmer of hope for an update. However, if anything is mentioned at all, it will almost certainly be a standard, “we can’t wait to show you more” type of update. Anything more than that will be a bonus.
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