The WWE 2K series is about to get some competition. All Elite Wrestling is a fairly new pro wrestling promotion that’s only been around for a few years, but it’s done a great job of providing compelling storylines and matches thanks to clever booking and its diverse roster. The promotion’s first console game, AEW: Fight forever, is under development by longtime WWE studio Yuke’s, which retired from 2K in 2018.
although Fight Forever still needs some work before launch, it’s going to be an interesting take on the pro wrestling formula with arcade action at the forefront. This is what we know about AEW: Fight Foreverincluding details on the possible release period, trailers and more.
AEW: Fight Forever is still technically slated to launch in 2022, but since it’s already fall and no official release date has been revealed, it’s likely the game won’t be out until 2023. We noted that the Gamescom 2022 demo was a little rough, indicating that Fight Forever may need some time to cook.
The game is launching for PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The main idea is to take it to as many platforms as possible to reach a wide audience, especially since the current generation of systems – PS5 and Xbox Series X/S – are hard to find.
A few videos from AEW: Fight Forever surfaced after the announcement a few years ago, but the first official trailer was revealed at Gamescom 2022. It features commentator Tony Schiavone and former women’s champion Dr. Britt Baker, DMD, who present the game in a comical way. The trailer matches the tone of the game because unlike the WWE 2K games, Fight Forever will be a bit crazier, with less emphasis on simulation.
As described in a Gamescom 2022 gameplay video, Fight Forever it looks like it will feature a familiar grapple system reminiscent of older WWE games. You have different types of grapple tied to tilting the analog stick as you press buttons, giving each character a whole host of different moves in their arsenal. This is different from the combo system in the new one WWE 2K22 game.
Aside from that, you can expect a variety of match types from singles competitions to more chaotic bouts like Unsanctioned Lights-Out. In comparison with WWE 2K22, Fight Forever will have fewer match types, but hopefully that won’t take away from the fun.
Here are the confirmed match types:
Types of agreements
- Some matches
- Tag team
- Ladder matches
- Casino Battle Royale
- Drops count everywhere
- Unsanctioned Lights-Out (allows the use of weapons)
- Exploding Barbed Wire Death Matches
The complete AEW: Fight Forever The roster has not been announced, but we do know that top talent such as CM Punk, Jade Cargill, Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega will be featured. The Gamescom demo also featured Paul Wight and Hikaru Shida. However, some notable wrestlers such as Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler from FTR will not make an appearance, which is certainly disappointing.
Fight Forever will feature a Career Mode, create-a-wrestler and even mini-games, offering a bit of craziness that gives it an arcade feel. Looks like developer Yuke’s wants to make something similar to older WWF games like No mercy on Nintendo 64. Since the promotion doesn’t have the budget of the WWE 2K games, AEW is doing something different instead, instead of also trying to compete as a simulation pro wrestling game.
Kenny Omega, vice president of AEW, said: Fight Forever will presumably include updates after launch. It’s unclear if the promotion plans to release annual video game episodes, but our guess is that Fight Forever will simply include DLC updates in the near future, rather than producing completely new games.
Regarding future updates, Omega said:
As great as it is at launch, as our roster grows – let’s say we add a pay-per-view name, add a new arena, let’s say we sign whoever or whoever – we want those new ones. additions too… Hopefully the new additions/updates will be really soon. That’s the plan anyway! So that everyone can be aware of our schedule and how AEW is growing.
Releasing annualized video game episodes isn’t sustainable for most studios, but maybe the developer will release a new AEW game every few years.
Fight Forever supports local and online multiplayer, with different types of matches. Expect tag team matches, Casino Battle Royales and a host of others – all of which can be played solo or with/against other players. Interestingly, the game’s PSN listing says it supports up to 30 players online, but it’s unclear if this is true, and if so, how the modes will work with so many players.
Despite there being no official release date, AEW: Fight Forever is now available for pre-order on all platforms. The game’s website only lists a “Standard Edition”, meaning there may be additional versions to be announced at a later date.
For now you can shell out for the regular edition for $60, but we’ll update this page as and when other editions are announced.