Take-Two picks up WWE franchise rights

As the corpse of THQ is split up and sold off following financial failure and "massive mistakes", we now know where another severed limb will be transplanted. After rumours of an acquisition last month, 2K has confirmed it'll be publishing the WWE series made by Japanese developer Yuke's.

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As the corpse of THQ is split up and sold off following "massive mistakes" and financial failure, we now know where another severed limb will be transplanted. After rumors last month of an acquisition, 2K has confirmed it'll be publishing the WWE series made by Japanese developer Yuke's.

"We can confirm that we have entered into an agreement to publish the WWE video game series that is developed by Yukes," a 2K representative said in a statement provided to IGN. "At this time, the agreement is pending court approval and we anticipate that it will be finalized shortly. We are very excited about the potential of this agreement and will have more to share at the appropriate time."

Court documents picked up by Bloomberg say that Take-Two will also hire THQ employees who worked on the franchise. WWE and Yuke's had filed for damages against THQ, for potentially over $60 million combined, but they'll reduce these massively now that the franchise has been picked up.

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    February 14, 2013 10:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Take-Two picks up WWE franchise rights.

    As the corpse of THQ is split up and sold off following financial failure and "massive mistakes", we now know where another severed limb will be transplanted. After rumours of an acquisition last month, 2K has confirmed it'll be publishing the WWE series made by Japanese developer Yuke's.

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      February 14, 2013 11:27 AM

      What became of the South Park game?

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        February 14, 2013 11:52 AM

        It went to Ubisoft. Matt and Trey are filing a motion or something to make sure they keep creative control so Ubisoft doesn't fuck it up. I haven't heard if there will be a delay past the March date or if we can expect UPlay nonsense shoehorned onto the game.

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      February 14, 2013 11:38 AM

      I hope this means another WWE All Stars game. It's seriously my favorite wresting game since WCW vs NWO games.

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        February 14, 2013 1:28 PM

        yeah, All Stars was great

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        February 14, 2013 1:32 PM

        All Stars was great, but No Mercy was the best.

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      February 14, 2013 11:47 AM

      so yukes is still making the games and take two is publishing so nothing gonna change

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      February 14, 2013 1:55 PM

      What I'd like Yukes to do is take advantage of the NXT WWE development program, and work it in as a tutorial. Other than some serious hardlocking issues upon match restarting, being kind of thrown to the wolves to figure things out for yourself kinda sucks about WWE 13. However, the Attitude Era campaign has just been a fucking blast. Participating in the Montreal Screwjob and throwing Mankind from the top of the cell was #1 awesome about that game.

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      February 14, 2013 2:34 PM

      They need to put in more customization so that VGCW can move on to the next level.

      Not just characters, but in locations and situations and controllable camera angles during CPU-only matche