In November 2020, AEW revealed an early trailer for his or her debut sport.
The wrestling world started to buzz, particularly as soon as Kenny Omega revealed the crew behind the sport.
Whereas asserting the formation of AEW Video games – which is able to home a number of titles – Omega revealed their to date untitled main console sport is being produced by Japanese developer Yuke’s. Omega handpicked the developer, with veteran wrestling sport producer Hideyuki “Geta” Iwashita, the genius behind No Mercy on the Nintendo 64, as an advisor.
At this level, we all know that AEW may have a fundamental marketing campaign mode, you’ll be capable to create-a-wrestler and so they’ll be numerous ‘uncommon’ modes.
When talkSPORT caught up with Omega this week, we needed to ask about how the sport is coming alongside.
“I’m actually excited. We’re at all times involved virtually on a regular basis with our groups at Yukes. I’m at all times involved with Geta-san as nicely and I really feel like we’ve bought a extremely good chemistry and dynamic with each other.
“The largest problem we now have proper now’s sort of representing the present wrestling model in a means that also make it really feel just like the video games of outdated. As a result of issues have modified, it’s not the identical wrestling local weather because it was in 2000.
“As you recognize, we’ve sort of crossed over into a brand new era of wrestling and wrestling types and sure kinds of wrestling by no means ages.
“I wrestle a sure means and the best way that I wrestle will not be the best way that Fenix or Jungle Boy wrestles, however how can we symbolize all of these types in a means the place it makes you’re feeling as should you’re taking part in as these individuals, how can we make that mesh nicely in an precise wrestling sport?
“We’re getting nearer to that reply and I feel with each little new addition to our engine, we really feel it out, we see it and play it out. Then we tweak it, then we now have different concepts learn how to tweak it after which tweak it once more from there after which possibly we’ll give you a model new thought.
“Fortunately we haven’t had any large setbacks anytime we’ve give you a brand new thought or one thing that we might maybe implement. It’s form of like ‘yeah, we are able to try this’ and take a look at it out, it’s not ‘no, we’re reaching too arduous’.
“So it’s cool how there hasn’t been one nice or revolutionary thought the place it’s like I do know it in all probability hasn’t been finished, however what if we did this and my largest concern once I really feel like I’ve a good suggestion and I do know it hasn’t been in a wrestling sport earlier than and I say it’s if they are saying ‘no, that’s going to be troublesome.’
“However each time I say it, each time I’ve steered one thing or possibly Geta has steered one thing, it’s at all times ‘you recognize what, I feel we are able to do it and we’ll strive it.’ And typically it doesn’t work out. I see it within the sport and I’m like ‘meh, possibly not’.
“However the cool half is we’ve bought a crew at Yukes that’s ready to problem themselves and make one thing consultant of the great SmackDown-y stuff that they’ll do after which Geta is there so as to add his flavour to it as to how he would have made a more recent model sport and we’re all form of simply bouncing forwards and backwards.
“We had been at all times engaged on all kinds of factor for the sport, however the primary core focus proper now nonetheless is, let’s get the wrestling down.
“Let’s make sure that we’re capable of make it really feel like that is wrestling in 2021, nevertheless it nonetheless seems like No Mercy, nevertheless it nonetheless may be enjoyable for not solely the wrestling fan, however the informal gamer who picks up a controller and drops his good friend on his head.”
In terms of a launch date, it’s not imminent and neither is it 1,000,000 miles away. Omega tells talkSPORT it must be launched in a couple of yr giving us a primary quarter of 2022 launch date.
Nonetheless, the sport goes to function fixed updates – very like Grand Theft Auto V in some ways – and it must be excellent for launch in mild of many failed debuts lately.
“I wouldn’t say years [away] plural. I might say in an ideal world, give it a couple of yr’s time.
“We’re working actually arduous and we’re fortunate to have two groups, one in America and one in Japan, engaged on this virtually across the clock.
“We do know that point is of the essence, we are able to’t let this sit round ceaselessly and folks desire a sport like yesterday [laughs] so, we do need to launch one thing as quickly as we really feel it’s prepared and consultant of what our model must be and what is going to make followers comfortable.
“Once more, we don’t desire a Road Fighter 5 launch, we don’t desire a Cyberpunk launch. So we’re going to create one thing that may enjoyable to play from day one, however it will likely be ever-evolving as our roster is.
“As nice as it’s on launch, as our roster grows – let’s say we add a pay-per-view identify, add a brand new enviornment, let’s say we signal whoever, anyone! – we would like to have the ability to help these new additions as nicely.
“It’s gonna hopefully be what persons are hoping for. Hopefully the brand new additions/replace shall be actually immediate. That’s the plan anyway! So everybody can really feel updated with our roster and the way AEW grows.”
Watch AEW Revolution on March 8 from 1am within the UK with FITE TV. Kenny Omega defends the AEW title towards Jon Moxley in an exploding barb wire match!