NHL 2K Isn't Dead, It's Just RestingS

Take-Two Interactive CEO Ben Feder sheds some light on NHL 2K's absence from the company's PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 line-up, explaining that the series is on hiatus this year in order to come back stronger with NHL 2K12.

When NHL 2K11 didn't show up on a list of Take-Two's 2010 releases, some took that as a potential cancellation for the series, which has long trailed behind EA Sports' yearly NHL offering.

An ad for bands to perform on the NHL 2K11 soundtrack gave fans of the franchise some hope that this year's installment was still in the works, and in a way it is, but only for the Nintendo Wii. According to Feder, the Wii version of the series has gained momentum among Canadians, so Nintendo's platform will be getting a release this year.

As for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, it's back to the drawing board, until next year.

"We're doing that because we're so committed to competing that the team needs a breather," explained Feder during the Take-Two first quarter financial results conference call. " The following year we will come back a lot stronger. We have an intention to win and we're going to maximize the opportunity."

It looks like EA Sports is winning this year, at least as far as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are concerned, but next year...