The first All Elite Wrestling (AEW) game, titled ‘Fight Forever,’ is now in development, and while it’s still a ways off, we already have a good idea of what to expect. Here’s everything we know.
The pro-wrestling paradigm shift is now in full effect. Just a few short years after the first televised show, AEW is now set to release a fully-fledged multi-platform game to compete with WWE 2K22. AEW Fight Forever will also be developed by Yukes – some of the most experienced wrestling game creators in the business.
Fight Forever may still be in early development, but there’s plenty for wrestling fans to be excited about. From match types, roster, and gameplay details, here’s everything we know about the game from WWE’s biggest rival.
- Official title: Fight Forever
- Is there a release date?
- Gameplay Details
- Match Types
Following a live AEW Rampage show in April 2022, owner Tony Khan told a lively Pittsburgh crowd that the name of the AEW game would be ‘AEW Fight Forever.’
This name was formally revealed on May 4, 2022, in an AEW Live Stream and then on Twitter.
The game does not currently have a release date, though initial reports from Fightful Select claimed devs are planning to release in 2022, with September being the previous target. Given an early build of the game has only just been shown at both Gamescom and the Tokyo Game Show, and no concrete date was nailed down, it’s looking like plans have changed.
AEW wrestler and Executive Vice President, Kenny Omega, echoed the earlier sentiment in an April podcast, saying, he is “hoping” that the game remains on track for “this year” – meaning 2022.
In further comments with Fightful in June, Omega outlined how “the creative process is almost complete.”
“We know how the matches will flow, we know some of the systems, it’s now in a process of being tuned. Still a lot of stuff to implement. But our guys now at Yuke’s are working at a blistering pace.”
Doubling down once again, the former AEW champ remained “hopeful” that they can stay on schedule “to make sure [they] get the game out this year.”
A few weeks later and a leaked store listing on Amazon UK further reinforced the notion of a 2022 launch. While no exact date was provided on this store page, a placeholder of December 31, 2022, indicates a planned launch for the final quarter of the year.
We’ll have to wait and see if the project remains on track in these coming weeks but if not, it appears an early 2023 launch could be in the cards.
AEW Fight Forever is set to launch across the following platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, & Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC
AEW has confirmed that crossplay is planned, with Omega stating “there will be cross-platform gameplay,” during an interview with Wrestling Observer Radio.
Check out the various trailers below:
Darby Allin Reveal trailer
Jungle Boy Reveal
Kris Statlander Reveal
Nyla Rose Reveal
Renowned Japanese studio Yuke’s is developing AEW Fight Forever. The company is best known for its work in the genre and has over 25 years of experience making wrestling games.
Their prior work includes the WWE Smackdown titles on PlayStation, the popular Smackdown vs Raw series, and most of the more recent WWE 2K games.
Kenny Omega explained, that AEW is not going to try and “compete with the production values of WWE’s games.” Instead, AEW Fight Forever aims to revisit the classic wrestling game style. “We just want the wrestling to feel how it used to feel,” he said.
As confirmed through the Gamescom stream, we know for certain each wrestler will have their own entrance. Better yet, players can manually trigger pyro and special effects during these animations too. While it’s not the full walk to the ring as we’d see on TV, the brief opening does appear to include some official AEW themes like Adam Cole’s and Kenny Omega’s.
In moment-to-moment gameplay, players have access to all the familiar strikes, grappling moves, and counters you’d expect. Each wrestler also comes with their own set of finishers and signatures that require special inputs to execute. While not entirely confirmed, it appears we may be able to select our own powerful moves in the future and assign them to certain wrestlers.
As you damage your opponent with various moves, a momentum bar will fill on screen. With a full bar, you’re then able to trigger one of the aforementioned signature moves.
When it comes to game modes, not much is known at present. While a ‘Create a Wrestler’ mode has been discussed, and we know a range of minigames are set to be included, we’re yet to hear about game modes like General Manager, or a multiplayer ranking system.
A Story/Career Mode is reportedly in the works, however, according to Fightful Select. This storyline supposedly includes input from multiple wrestlers and could already have some unique music locked in, made by none other than AEW’s Mikey Rukus.
The likes of Orange Cassidy and John Silver reportedly did some voiceover work for the story mode, with MJF also writing a promo just for the game.
On top of this, we also know Fight Forever will come with a number of quirky minigames completely different to the in-ring style. From Simon Says (Penta Says)-style modes to a baseball game, there’s plenty to look forward to here.
Official match types to be featured in the AEW console game haven’t yet been confirmed through official channels, although Kenny Omega has said: “We have a lot of match types,” without going into any specifics.
Below are the confirmed match types we will see in AEW Fight Forever, along with various match types that leaked through the Amazon UK store listing:
- Singles match
- Intergender singles match
- Tag team
- Triple Threat
- Fatal Four Way
- Casino Battle Royale
- Falls Count Anywhere
- Unsanctioned Lights Out
- Exploding Barbed Wire Death Match
There’s currently no telling if we’ll see others joining the list closer to launch or even as DLC down the line. From a steel cage option to the iconic Mimosa Mayhem match type, there’s still plenty left on the table.
The AEW Fight Forever roster is already stacked full of top talent. Many of the promotion’s biggest stars like CM Punk, Jade Cargill, Jon Moxley, and plenty more, have been confirmed months out from launch.
Obviously, we imagine many more will be revealed in time. AEW has a roster of over 100 wrestlers, with the possibility of even more when we consider their ownership of former rival Ring of Honor (ROH).
This could also see ROH wrestlers appearing in AEW Fight Forever, as several have already appeared on AEW’s TV shows. A handful of AEW roster members now hold ROH titles too, so this is likely to factor into content in the future, such as roster updates and DLC.
However, the developers have said that the game will include 50 wrestlers when it launches.
This means the game is only likely to include performers who appear on the main roster (AEW Dynamite and Rampage) at first, although more could be added in DLC expansions.
While many new wrestlers are being announced to join AEW Fight Forever, some stars will not be making an appearance. For instance, FTR will not be present when the game launches. While the issue is under a lot of speculation, FTR has said in an interview that their removal from the game “made a lot of sense” and it seems the departure was under good terms. For now, it seems likely the seven-star tag champs will join as DLC down the line.
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