The NFL and 2K have confirmed that the games in development will be non-simulation football games, significantly differing from EA’s NFL Madden franchise. 2K’s NFL games are likely to be available in 2021.
~David Ismailer, president of 2K
NFL Madden‘s EA released a statement declaring it is the “exclusive publisher of NFL simulation games.” and that its partnership with the NFL and the NFL Players Association “remains unchanged.”.
2K's last NFL game was ESPN NFL 2K5 back in 2004 before EA signing an exclusive deal with NFL for 2005 and on.