WWE 2K14 began development at Yuke's with THQ as its publisher; the same arrangement that had existed since THQ acquired the WWE license. However, following THQ's bankruptcy and liquidation of intellectual properties, the WWE franchise was swiftly picked up by Take-Two Interactive and has adopted the same style of branding as Take-Two's other 2K Sports franchises. WWE 2K14 was released on October 29, 2013, seeing no delay in its development despite the transition of the license.
The Ultimate Warrior was made available as a preorder bonus in all territories.
WWE 2K14 was also released in a special "Phenom Edition." This version comes in a special coffin-shaped tin box, an Undertaker-themed controller skin, an autographed card, the first disc of the Streak DVD set, and an exclusive playable version of the Undertaker's "American Bad Ass" persona.