After the collapse of publisher THQ, the fate of the long-running and much-loved WWE wrestling series was up in the air. Now it's landed, with an appropriately meaty thud, in the warm and slightly sweaty suplex embrace of Take Two.
Despite the change in publisher, development on future WWE games will remain with Japanese studio Yuke's, which has helmed the grappling favourite since 2000.
WWE is the last of the big THQ franchises to find a new owner after the company's unfortunate demise earlier this year. Ubisoft swooped in to nab the rights to the almost completed RPG South Park: The Stick of Truth, Dead Island publisher Koch Media grabbed the Saints Row series and developer Volition, while SEGA picked up Relic Entertainment, home to the Company of Heroes strategy franchise. Crytek, the FPS studio behind Crysis, was already working on Homefront 2, and shrewdly bought the rights to the sequel to publish itself.
There's no word on when the next WWE game will be out under Take Two's new management, but the previous entry in the series, WWE '13, came out last October and harked back to the fondly remembered Attitude era of the sport. As a result, it was widely heralded as one of the best yet by both critics and fans. "A great nostalgia-bomb through a flaming table of joy," said Official Xbox Magazine UK.