Rewinding more than a year back, the state of AAA wrestling titles were in a pretty bad place. For one, WWE 2K20 was a very underwhelming release to say the least. Many players were dissatisfied with the extent of the product and the numbering layers of bugs that came with it. Additionally, the title was the first attempt from NBA 2K developer Visual Concepts. This is due to previous team Yuke’s departing from the franchise.
Now transitioning to this year, WWE 2K22 arrived and shipped with a different outcome. While it is not a striking, world-renowned release it is more favored than the predecessor before it. So what about Yuke’s? Well, the team did share it is collaborating with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) to deliver its own video game to modern consoles. The reveal came with a few glimpses of the project then.
In a new announcement this week, THQ Nordic – the firm that will be publishing the project – officially revealed AEW: Fight Forever. You can watch the teaser trailer in the video below:
“One of the first things I did after signing with AEW was to ask Tony Khan to let me help assemble the best gaming team on the planet, to make the best wrestling game ever,” says AEW Executive Vide President Kenny Omega. “Well, we just landed the perfect finisher by partnering with global publishing and distribution powerhouse THQ Nordic for AEW: Fight Forever. The THQ brand has long been synonymous with wrestling games – there is simply no more qualified partner to bring AEW: Fight Forever to the millions of wrestling fans the world over.”
“I am both gratified and excited to have the opportunity to work with AEW – who is breathing new life into the pro wrestling industry – and the THQ Brand, with whom we have created an entire era of pro wrestling games. Using the expertise we have cultivated over the years, we are taking on this project with the ultimate staff from the YUKE’S Development Team in order to recreate AEW’s appeal within a video game to the highest degree,” adds Yuke’s President and CEO Yukinori Taniguchi.
THQ Nordic Executive Producer Reinhard Pollice continues, “Kenny’s incredible vision for AEW: Fight Forever is informed by his wrestling pedigree both inside the ring and on the controller. Combine that vision with YUKES’ unparalleled wrestling game development history is resulting in an AEW experience that draws heavily on the arcade feel that first won wrestling gamer hearts more than two decades ago.” More is to be revealed at the coming THQN Showcase later this month.
What are you most interested to see from AEW: Fight Forever?
AEW: Fight Forever is listed for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, and Nintendo Switch.
Source: THQ Nordic