Three new LEGO sports games rumoured to be in development

Three new LEGO sports video games are rumoured to be in development under a new partnership between the LEGO Group and 2K Games.

According to VGC, the publisher has signed a multi-game deal with the LEGO Group, starting with a football title due for release later this year. That’s said to be launching in tandem with the FIFA World Cup, which kicks off in November, and is being developed by Sumo Digital, the UK studio behind Team Sonic Racing and Sackboy: A Big Adventure.

This agreement has apparently been made possible by the LEGO Group’s decision to end its exclusivity arrangement with TT Games, which VGC claims has partly been driven by recent allegations surrounding ‘crunch culture’ at the studio, along with declining sales of Warner Bros.’ LEGO titles.

LEGO Soccer Mania featured
Image: Ross Clelland / EA

2K Games’ second LEGO title will reportedly be an open-world racing game, due to launch in 2023 and helmed by WWE 2K22 studio Visual Concepts, while the third is said to be ‘based on a major sports franchise’.

Best known for franchises like BioShock, XCOM and Borderlands, 2K Games has a strong history with US sports titles, including the NBA 2K, NHL 2K and WWE 2K series. It’s now said to be expanding its remit to encompass younger players, and views the LEGO Group as an ideal partner to make that happen.

VGC’s sources claim that the sports titles could include crossovers with the LEGO Group’s licensed themes, such as Marvel, DC and Harry Potter. Beyond LEGO Dimensions – which focused mostly on Warner Bros. properties – previous titles under TT Games have generally avoided crossovers between multiple partners, such as Disney and Warner.

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While 2K’s titles could represent a first in that regard, they wouldn’t be the first LEGO sports games: in a time before TT Games dominated the LEGO video game spectrum, the LEGO Group was putting out titles like LEGO Racers, LEGO Stunt Rally and Football Mania (pictured above).

Remember, these reports are still just rumours at the moment, and should therefore be taken lightly. The next LEGO video game will be TT Games’ long-awaited LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which arrives on April 5.

Featured image: 2K Games

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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