NFL 2K: New partnership announced, game title, release date, Street, Blitz, Madden, & everything you need to know

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The NFL and 2K Sports last produced a game in 2004. Since then America's most popular sport has been in the exclusive hands of EA Sports.

The Madden franchise is well-loved by many, and of course a disappointment to some as well.


Now though, EA won't be alone. The NFL and 2K are back together again for a new series of games.

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Release date

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You'll have to wait a while to get back into an NFL 2K game.

Any game won't start hitting the shelves until 2021, which means that Madden 21 will still run unopposed this year.

Game title

We don't even know this. Yet anyway.


The 2K statement said: "specific game titles, developers and release dates will be announced at a later date."

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We can expect the game to arrive in the second half of the year though, as it will be in "Take-Two’s fiscal year 2022"

Game style

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What we do know is how the game will be styled.

To get around Madden's exclusive deal the 2K games will be "non-sim game experiences".

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The return of NFL Street could well be on the horizon.

2K described the deal as "a partnership that will span multiple video games centered on fun, approachable, and social experiences."

This could see 2K employ some of the excellent features we have seen in NBA 2K20's Neighborhood.

Official statement

In an official statement, 2K Sports said it was a multi-year, multi-game deal between themselves and the NFL.


This is a truly exciting moment for gaming fans, and should provide the impetus for improvements across the board in Madden 21, and with the next-gen consoles just around the corner the possibilities are endless.