We recently learned that the XFL will be relaunching a new season in early 2020. The XFL was initially started in 2001 by the WWE’s Vince McMahon, but it failed after only one season. With 2K Sports not currently releasing a video game franchise in football, there are rumors going around that the XFL and 2K Sports will be forming a partnership to release an XFL video game franchise.
As most of you may know, the 2K NFL games were Madden’s biggest competition. Unfortunately, 2K stopped releasing new titles several years ago as a result of licensing issues with the NFL. The NFL granted the EA Sports Madden franchise exclusive rights to make the games. Regardless of the NFL licenses, many fans in the gaming community would love more options in the football genre. Whether its a remake of the NCAA football games without official licensing or another league separate from the NFL or NCAA altogether, like the XFL, many fans would appreciate more variety.
A new league such as the XFL would be a prime candidate. Given 2K has the rights to another Vince McMahon owned sports entertainment company, the WWE. It would seem fitting for McMahon to grant all licensing rights to an XFL game to 2K Sports.
So what would an XFL game look like? For those of you who remember what the XFL was really about, you’ll remember how there were much less “rules” involved compared to the NFL. In an effort to produce a more violent style of the game, similar to that of the WWE, the XFL was geared towards less referee involvement, fewer penalties and bigger hits. In theory, it would help the XFL draw bigger audiences and gain new fans.
The newest season of the XFL is set to launch in February or March of 2020 and the XFL season will take place during the NFL’s off-season. This is a very smart move on the part of Vince McMahon. The season will reportedly consist of 10 weeks with approximately 8-10 teams making up the league.
A new video game franchise in football could mean that there will be new options and new features. The teams, for one, would be a clear difference. Other differences could include the ability to create more custom items including players, uniforms, teams, stadiums, player entrances, and more. Who knows, an XFL game might even feature legendary names from the inaugural league such as “He Hate Me,” who was arguably the league’s most popular player, even to this day.
It will be interesting to see if the XFL and 2K Sports will be pushing through with this plan and if they do it will be interesting to see what the game play will look like and what the features of the game will be. Stay tuned for more information on this once it is made available.
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