The first All Elite Wrestling (AEW) game, titled ‘Fight Forever’, is now in development and while it’s still a long way off, we already have a good idea of what to expect. Here’s everything we know.
The paradigm shift for pro wrestling is now in full effect. Just a few years after the first television show, AEW is now about to release a full-fledged multi-platform game to compete with WWE 2K22. AEW Fight Forever will also be developed by Yukes – some of the industry’s most experienced wrestling game makers.
Fight Forever may still be in early development, but there’s plenty for wrestling fans to get excited about. From match types, roster and gameplay details, here’s everything we know about the game from WWE’s biggest rival.
AEW’s first console game is now in active development.
After a live AEW Rampage show in April 2022, owner Tony Khan told a lively audience in Pittsburgh that the name of the AEW game would be “AEW Fight Forever.”
This name was officially revealed on May 4, 2022, in an AEW Live Stream and then on Twitter.
Does AEW Fight Forever have a release date?
The game currently has no release date, although initially Reports from Fightful Select claimed developers plan to release in 2022, with September as the previous target. Since an early build of the game has only just been shown at both Gamescom and the Tokyo Game Show, and no concrete date has been set, it seems that plans have changed.
AEW wrestler and Executive Vice President, Kenny Omega, echoed the earlier sentiment in an April podcast, saying he “hopes” the game stays on track for “this year” — i.e. 2022.
In further comments with Fightful in June, Omega outlined how “the creative process is almost complete.”
“We know how the matches will go, we know some of the systems, it’s in a process of reconciliation now. Still many things to do. But our guys who work at Yuke’s now are working at breakneck speed.”
Another doubling, the former AEW champion remained “hopeful” that they can stay on track “to ensure that [they] release the game this year.”
A few weeks later and a leaked store listing on Amazon UK bolstered the idea of a 2022 launch. While there’s no exact date listed on this store page, a placeholder of December 31, 2022 indicates a planned launch for the last quarter of the year. .
We’ll have to wait and see if the project stays on track in the coming weeks, but if not, an early 2023 launch appears to be on the horizon.
AEW Fight Forever: Platforms
AEW Fight Forever will be launched on the following platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC
AEW has confirmed crossplay is planned, with Omega during an interview with “there will be cross-platform gameplay” Wrestling Observer Radio.
AEW Fight Forever: Trailers
Watch the various trailers below:
Darby Allin Reveal Trailer
Jungle Boy reveal
Kris Statlander reveals
Nyla Rose reveal
Renowned Japanese studio Yuke’s develops AEW Fight Forever. The company is bis known for his work in the genre and has over 25 years of experience creating wrestling games.
Their previous work includes the WWE Smackdown titles on PlayStation, the popular Smackdown vs Raw series, and most recent WWE 2K games.
Kenny Omega stated that AEW will not try to “compete with the production values of WWE games.” Instead, AEW Fight Forever wants to revisit the classic wrestling style. “We just want wrestling to feel like it used to feel,” he said.
As confirmed by the Gamescom stream, we are sure that each wrestler will have their own entrance. Better yet, players can also manually activate pyro and special effects during these animations. While it’s not the full walk to the ring as we’d see on TV, the short opening seems to include some official AEW themes, such as Adam Cole’s and Kenny Omega’s.
Each wrestler is equipped with their own signature and finisher moves in Fight Forever.
In the moment-to-moment gameplay, players have access to all the familiar attacks, grabs and counters you’d expect. Each wrestler also comes with their own set of finishers and signatures that require special input to perform. While not fully confirmed, it looks like in the future we’ll be able to select our own powerful moves and assign them to certain wrestlers.
As you damage your opponent with various moves, a momentum bar fills up on the screen. With a full bar, you can then trigger one of the signature moves mentioned above.
AEW Fight Forever is on track for a 2022 release, but this could change.
When it comes to game modes, not much is known at this point. While there has been talk of a ‘Create a Wrestler’ mode and we know a series of minigames will be added, we haven’t heard anything about game modes like General Manager or a multiplayer ranking system.
However, according to Fightful Select, a Story/Career mode is reportedly in the works. This storyline supposedly features input from multiple wrestlers and could already include some unique music created by none other than AEW’s Mikey Rukus.
The likes of Orange Cassidy and John Silver have reportedly done some voiceover work for the story mode, and MJF also wrote a promo specifically for the game.
In addition, we also know that Fight Forever will feature some quirky mini-games that are completely different from the in-ring style. From Simon Says (Penta Says)-esque modes to a baseball game, there’s plenty here to look forward to.
AEW Fight Forever: Match Types
Official match types that will appear in the AEW console game have not yet been confirmed through official channels, although Kenny Omega has said: “We have many types of competitions”, without going into details.
Below are the confirmed match types we’ll be seeing in AEW Fight Forever, along with several match types leaked via the Amazon UK store listing:
- Singles contest
- Intergender singles match
- tag team
- Triple Threat
- Fatal Four Way
- Casino Battle Royale
- Drops count everywhere
- Unapproved lights off
- Exploding Barbed Wire Death Match
There’s currently no telling if we’ll see others get closer to the list before launch or even as DLC over time. From a steel cage option to the iconic Mimosa Mayhem competition type, there’s plenty left on the table.
The The AEW Fight Forever roster is already packed with top talent. Many of the promotion’s biggest stars such as CM Punk, Jade Cargill, Jon Moxley and many more have been confirmed months after launch.
Obviously, we imagine many more to be revealed over time. AEW has a roster of over 100 wrestlers, with the possibility of even more when looking at their owned former rival Ring of Honor (ROH).
This could also mean ROH wrestlers appearing in AEW Fight Forever as several have already appeared on AEW’s TV shows. A handful of AEW roster members now also have ROH titles, so this will likely factor into content in the future, such as roster updates and DLC.
Kris Statlander was unveiled as a roster member in May 2022.
However, the developers have said that the game will feature 50 wrestlers at launch.
This means the game will likely only feature artists initially on the main roster (AEW Dynamite and Rampage), though more could be added in DLC expansions.
While many new wrestlers are announced to join AEW Fight Forever, some stars will not appear. For example, FTR will not be present when the game launches. While there is much speculation about the matter, FTR has said in an interview that their removal from the game “made a lot of sense” and it appears that the departure was on good terms. For now, it seems likely that the seven-star tag champions will join as DLC down the line.
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