No More Hockey Titles For 2K Sports?
Unfortunately, NHL 2K10 didn't quite live up to expectations this year, which may have caused Take-Two to consider pulling the plug on the franchise.
According to Take-Two's recent Q4 fiscal report, a new iteration in the long-running NHL 2K franchise was nowhere to be found, leading to widespread speculation that 2K may be nixing the series. This would leave EA's NHL franchise as the only real option for hockey aficionados, who likely chose NHL 10 this year, anyway. 2K Sports' Bryan Lam told Kotaku that they're "currently in the process of evaluating our sports portfolio and have not announced any new NHL titles at this time." However, just in case you're concerned about their other established sports franchises, new installments for both MLB 2K and NBA 2K were included in the report. Prior to this, 2K had scratched the College Hoops series, which labored for a while until the final entry hit store shelves a few years ago. The question is, despite the lagging on the part of NHL 2K this year, are hockey fans okay with EA owning the sport in the same way they own football? Recent Madden games have really been fantastic, of course, but perhaps that's not the point...it's always good to have choices, after all.
We'll let you know what 2K decides to do. It probably doesn't help that hockey's popularity has taken a definite hit in recent years.
12/22/2009 9:21:37 PM John Shepard