AEW Console Game Aiming for Release in ‘About a Year’, Says Kenny Omega
The All Elite Wrestling Game is aiming to release in “about a year” according to AEW Executive Vice President Kenny Omega.
Omega revealed the news in an interview with talkSPORT. “I would say in a perfect world, give it about a year’s time,” Omega said. talkSPORT says this suggests a release window of “first quarter of 2022,” based on when they conducted the interview.
It was revealed back in November of 2020 that AEW had multiple video game projects in the works under the AEW Games banner. The console game Omega is referring to here is being developed by Yuke’s and the mind behind WWF No Mercy, Hideyuki “Geta” Iwashita.
Elsewhere in the talkSPORT interview, Omega said that the biggest challenge the team is facing is working out a way to represent “the current wrestling style in a way that still makes it feel like the games of old.” He added: “Let’s make sure we’re able to make it feel like this is wrestling in 2021, but it still feels like No Mercy, but it still can be fun for not only the wrestling fan, but the casual gamer who picks up a controller and drops his friend on his head.”
Omega told talkSPORT that the team doesn’t want a launch like Street Fighter 5 or Cyberpunk 2077, but the interview notes that the game will feature “constant updates.” “As great as it is on 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, anybody! – we want to be able to support those new additions as well,” added Omega.
We learned in January that the AEW console game will feature campaign, multiplayer, create-a-wrestler and “other unusual modes,” as revealed by Omega in an interview with IGN Japan. As well as the console game, AEW Games is working on two mobile titles, a wrestling management game and an AEW-branded casino game.
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