Since taking over the WWE franchise from THQ, 2K has produced an annual wrestling game for the past seven years. The series began on a high on previous generation consoles with WWE 2K14 which received excellent reviews because of its 30 Years Of WrestleMania mode and large roster. The move to current generation consoles has been less successful, however, and WWE 2K20 was released to overwhelmingly negative reviews because of the game's numerous bugs and glitches.
Now, former SmackDown vs. Raw writer Justin Leeper has said he has heard from sources that 2K has decided to cancel WWE 2K21 and it will not be released later this year. Fans don't have to despair, however, as a WWE game will still be released in 2020, it just won't be 2K21.
Leeper did not reveal what type of game will be released, but some have speculated that it could be a sequel to WWE All Stars or even a remaster of a beloved game like WWE SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain.
Leeper said: "I have heard from reliable sources and I truly believe that WWE 2K21 has been cancelled. There will be no game this year."
He later added: "I have heard also there is another WWE game coming this year. That 2K is publishing a different kind of WWE game from a different kind of game developer that's not Visual Concepts."
Early adopters of the Xbox Series X or the PS5 will also be disappointed as while 2K will return to their mainstream series with WWE 2K22, it will not be released on next generation consoles.
"When, let's say 2K22, finally does come out, a bit of a bummer is I've been told it will not be on next gen. It will still be on your PS4, your Xbox One, probably PC," Leeper said.