LEGO is reportedly partnering with 2K to develop a new range of sports games, according to Video Games Chronicle. This includes a football game to coincide with the FIFA World Cup, and an open-world LEGO racing title being developed by WWE 2K22 studio Visual Concepts.
According to VGC sources, 2K signed a multi-game partnership with LEGO to produce a handful of sports titles. The first will be a football game developed by Sumo Digital reportedly releasing later this year to coincide with the FIFA World Cup. 2023 will see the release of an open-world LEGO racing game based on a major license being developed by Visual Concepts.
The third LEGO sports title is currently unknown but it’s also reportedly based on a major license.
Visual Concepts previously worked on the NBA 2K series since its inception in 1999. They took over the WWE 2K series in 2019 following 2K ending their partnership with the wrestling series’ original developer Yuke’s. Sumo Digital, on the other hand, has worked on a wide range of games, including LittleBigPlanet 3, Crackdown 3, Team Sonic Racing and most recently, Sackboy: A Big Adventure.
2K is apparently aiming to expand their audience by developing sports titles for younger players, hence the deal with LEGO. Sources also indicated that we could see popular characters from other LEGO properties make appearances such as Harry Potter and Marvel heroes, among others.
While none of this has been confirmed yet by either LEGO and 2K, VGC is a trusted enough source to invest some faith in these reports.
LEGO has partnered with a variety of major companies to produce video games including LucasArts, Marvel, DC and the Wizarding World, among many others. Their target demographic is usually younger audiences, so 2K’s investment seems fitting.
LEGO’s next game is LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, scheduled to release on 5 April 2022 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Source: Video Games Chronicle