WWE 2K22 is formally delayed till March 2022, and WWE is reportedly not joyful in regards to the choice. According to insider sources, the sport’s delay was the topic of quite a few conferences between WWE and writer 2K. Specifically, 2K and developer Visual Concepts have been pushing for a delay after a number of deliberate members of the roster left WWE, which required the studio to replace the sport.

Those identical sources at Sports Gamers Online state that issues started to come up after the discharge of WWE 2K20 launched in 2019. The recreation was so damaged and buggy that Sony began issuing refunds to disgruntled followers. Though “disappointed” by the outcomes, 2K nonetheless “remained optimistic” about the way forward for the franchise. However, rumors additionally later started to floor in regards to the possible cancellation of the subsequent recreation, WWE 2K21, earlier than 2K formally confirmed the cancellation, changed as a substitute by the arcadey Battlegrounds.

In the identical 12 months, 2K Sports had reportedly been in talks with WWE over a potential break up. Though the 2 corporations had signed a multi-year partnership agreement in 2016, sources say that WWE has talked about the opportunity of working with different corporations. The wrestling firm has additionally made it clear that the partnership’s continuation hinges on the success of the upcoming WWE 2k22, a lot in order that it has been affecting growth at Visual Concepts.

Once supply mentioned:

It was like threats to cancel cable. Threats would come out of them claiming to have curiosity from one firm right here or there. I don’t understand how credible that was although, or simply idle threats.

For higher or for worse, the brand new March 2022 launch window offers builders at Visual Concepts extra time to shine up the sport and make any changes to the roster as wanted. However, sources additionally word that the studio is already “pinched, underfunded and understaffed compared to the past”. The studio can also be already working on the NBA 2K sequence of video games—one other yearly launch. One supply commented on the drop in morale, stating, “It just hasn’t been a fun place to be…Second guessing happens constantly because of a desperation to get things right.”

[Source: SGO]