2K Sports has signed an agreement with the National Football League Players Association to ensure that the NFL’s biggest stars will appear in “multiple” American football projects it has in the pipeline, the first of which is scheduled to release next year. According to a press release, the “partnership will grant 2K the right to feature the names, numbers, images, and likenesses for over 2,000 current NFL players”.
For those of you who missed the previous announcement, EA Sports has retained exclusive rights to create simulation games based on the NFL, meaning you shouldn’t expect a spiritual successor to the legendary NFL 2K5. More likely is an arcade-themed alternative, similar to NBA 2K Playgrounds 2. The press release does mention that multiple projects are in development, with the first set to debut in 2021. We’re excited to see what’s in store.