Have you been longing for the days when professional wrestling games were on the Nintendo 64, such as WWF No Mercy? Have you been wondering why there was never a spiritual successor to these classic games? You may not need to wait much longer, as AEW: Fight Forever, the forthcoming game developed by Yuke’s is just around the corner.

The first wrestling game being licensed by All Elite Wrestling looks to etch its name into the history books along with the greats of the N64 era, which many wrestling fans still play to this day. With ambitions such as these, I thought it would be an excellent time to take a look at what we know so far about AEW: Fight Forever.

AEW: Fight Forever

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Hideyuki “Geta” Iwashita AND Yuke’s are Back

If you grew up playing wrestling games as I did, you might be familiar with the developer Yuke’s. However, the name Hideyuki “Geta” Iwashita might not be as familiar to you. It’s imperative to note that “Geta” being back to help create the game along with Yuke’s is a big deal.

Geta oversaw the development of both WCW/NWO Revenge and WWF No Mercy, where Yuke’s was the developer behind many WWE wrestling games until 2018 when WWE and Yuke’s parted ways on the WWE 2K series. Kenny Omega himself sought out Hideyuki “Geta” Iwashita for AEW’s first wrestling game, so that should indicate how highly regarded he is for his previous works.

Oddly, the game is still heavily advertised on all of AEW’s weekly shows, so we can’t entirely rule out a 2022 release date at this point, but it seems less and less likely with each passing day.

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Platforms

According to the official page for the game, Fight Forever will be available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Windows, and Nintendo Switch.

Sounds like the game is being made widely available and even on previous generation consoles. This is great considering not everyone has or can upgrade to current-gen consoles.

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Gameplay

As mentioned earlier, the game is meant to be a spiritual successor to the N64-era wrestling games. As such, you can expect it to play very similarly. The game’s official site emphasizes an “arcade feeling”. However, Omega had this to say about the gameplay:

…which is why I say it’s not going to be quite simulation, not quite arcade-y. It’s going to be a speedier version of very realistic wrestling.

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Career Mode

Fight Forever will also have a career mode, which will definitely get a pop out of professional wrestling video game fans. The mode is said to let you experience what it’s like to be on the road wrestling for AEW. You can create your wrestler and join the AEW roster, have matches, and even your own story.

Points are earned by winning matches which can then be used to upgrade your wrestler so that you too might one day become the AEW World Champion…and then have a meltdown at a media scrum, fight some EVPs backstage, you know, normal world champion stuff…

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Match Types

There are many different match types in the game. You got your standard singles match, tag-team, three-way, four-way, ladder match, Casino Battle Royal (curious to see how they pull this off without being boring), falls count anywhere, unsanctioned lights-out (think street fight or hardcore match if you’re unfamiliar with AEW match types), and the notorious barbed wire death match.

Let’s just hope the pyro actually goes off in your barbed wire death matches though so you’re not left there in the ring trying to sell sparklers as though an atom bomb went off nearby.

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Release Date

With no official release date having been stated at this point, the game was said to be slated for a 2022 release. As we sit here in the middle of September, however, it’s starting to seem more likely that we’ll get an announcement of a delayed release rather than a 2022 date.

If you’re curious to see some actual gameplay, here’s a link to a recent stream from Gamescom. You’ll get to see a full match between Kenny Omega and Adam Cole, as well as hear some more in-depth conversations about the game from one of the developers. I’ve gotta say, the entrances seem a bit short, maybe a callback to No Mercy?? …but not one that I appreciate. That minor gripe aside, the gameplay looks solid.

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