If you're a gamer and you want to get your NFL fix, you have one viable option. Publisher and developer EA Games signed an exclusive rights agreement with the NFL in December 2004, which has left the Madden franchise unopposed for 15 years.
That, however, is no longer the case.
Beginning in 2021, 2K Games will begin releasing NFL licensed video games. Both 2K Games and EA Games have made it clear that these new 2K games will not be in the vein of a high-end sports simulator. They will not be competing for Madden's audience. Those of us with fond memories of ESPN NFL 2K5 might be disappointed by this news. But hopefully, 2K Games will take the opportunity to create something original and interesting, from the ground up.
Here are 5 things we want to see in the new NFL 2K video game.