According to a report from Fightful Select, WWE has met with EA Sports regarding the future of its video game licensing.
Recent talks between the two companies were said to have been prompted due to the disastrous response to WWE 2K20 and the similarly poor reviews of WWE 2K Battlegrounds.
WWE's latest console game, WWE 2K22, is set to be released on March 11th with pre-orders being able to download it starting Tuesday. It is the final game as part of the contract WWE has with 2K Sports and its parent company, Take-Two Interactive. There are options to extend the deal if the game is deemed a success, however. It is being seen as a "make or break" game for the future of the franchise.
WWE has had discussions with EA in the past, including in 2016 before its deal with Take-Two Interactive for the 2K series was extended.
Response to WWE 2K20's release was so negative that plans for WWE 2K21 were scrapped in favor of allowing more time to create a better game.
“WWE has shown a lot of frustration with the reception and lack of success of recent games,” one source said to Fightful. “The gaming market is a major selling point for them, and they believe they’ve fallen behind the competition.”