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2K will release several LEGO-licensed sports games

2K games are would have is looking to develop a range of sports-based titles in conjunction with toy company Lego. Sources close to the journalist VGC have confirmed that the publisher has signed a new multi-game partnership, as the toy company looks to expand its game production.

Currently, neither company has confirmed their partnership, but going through a new job offer released last week, the publisher has an open-world driving game in the works. According to the sources, the Lego racing game is developed by the WWE 2K22 Studio – Visual Concepts.

In addition, programming will begin with a football (soccer) game developed by digital sumo, which previously created the exclusive PlayStation 5 launch title, Sackboy: A Big Adventure. The game is set to launch later this year – after May, to coincide with the FIFA World Cup, and will be followed by the aforementioned racing game.

In recent years, we’ve seen games publisher WWE and NBA 2K try to move into more kid-friendly territory, as seen with their cartoonish iterations – NBA 2K Playgrounds and WWE 2K Battlegrounds. Lego is one of the strongest brands for this audience and is therefore seen as an ideal partner.

The 2K deal ushers in a new era for Lego games, following their previous exclusive deal with TT Games, which brought several Warner Bros Franchise like Batman, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. In 2005, the company introduced other licensed properties such as Marvel and the upcoming Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

According to the report, Lego will not extend or renew its exclusivity agreement with TT Games. The Star Wars game could be its last Lego collaboration, after which it’s unclear which direction the studio will head.