Take-Two Interactive has commented on the recent break-up between EA and FIFA that was announced last week.
The publishing giant, home to 2K Sports, has been understandably pegged as a possible home for future FIFA games. However, CEO Strauss Zenick has remained coy speaking to IGN ahead of the company’s most recent earnings call. “We’re definitely interested in expanding our opportunities in sports,” he stated. “And FIFA has a great brand and incredible clout, but we have no current plans to discuss.”
EA & FIFA’s last game as partners will be this year’s FIFA 23. Following that, the series will change its name to EA Sports FC for the entry releasing in 2024. FIFA claimed in its own statement following the break-up that it already has a “non-simulation” game in the works tied to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Following that, the body says it’s in talks with “additional publishers” about subsequent games including future simulation ones.
With NBA 2K, PGA Tour 2K and WWE 2K under the Take-Two banner, the company would be an obvious choice to add a FIFA soccer game to their portfolio. Meanwhile, it was rumoured back in February that 2K may be working on a number of Lego Sports games, including a soccer game based around the World Cup. Could that be related to FIFA’s earlier statement? We’ll have to wait and see.