2K Games has released a WWE game every year since 2011, but that consistent streak is coming to an end. WWE CFO Frank Riddick announced as much today during an investors call, stating that no videogame based on the brand will release in 2020.
Riddick didn't provide any explicit reason for this, though the disastrous WWE 2K20 (opens in new tab) probably didn't do the series any favours. The game was notoriously broken at launch, with incredible and traumatising results (opens in new tab).
That WWE 2K21 won't happen has been rumoured for a while. Former writer on the series, Justin Leeper, said in a video (opens in new tab)earlier this month that he was confident the game had been cancelled. Interestingly, Leeper also said that a different style of WWE game may be published by 2K in 2020—a "palate cleanser"—though Riddick's statement seems to rule out that possibility.
According to Leeper in the same video, WWE 2K22 hasn't been cancelled, and there's every possibility that WWE 2K20 devs Visual Concepts just needs more time to learn the ropes of developing wrestling games, as last year's game demonstrates.