Warning shots were fired earlier this year when senior vice president and producer Hiromi Furuta pretty much admitted that the series was sucking hard, wasn't meeting expectations internally and needed to change. Apparently, that attempt to whip 2K into shape wasn't met with the right response. Furuta and team are gone.
Visual Concepts, the team behind most of the terrific NBA 2K games, are on board. They're the ones who will pick up the pieces left by Yuke's and fashion WWE 2K20 into the game fans will play from 22 October onwards. The worrying thing? Well, the name Yuke's was synonymous with this series long before 2K; they've been the series' backbone since the THQ days and the original SmackDown title on PSOne.
It remains to be seen how successful any WWE project on modern hardware will be. Even more concerning is the fact that Yuke's recognised the need for change and didn't get a reply they wanted from 2K. Does that mean 2K20 will be more of the same old, same old? It looks likely.