AEW World Heavyweight Champion, Kenny Omega, has provided a much anticipated update on the as yet un-named AEW console game.
Appearing on the AEW Games 2.Show on YouTube following AEW Dynamite on January 6 – rescheduled due to the passing of Jon Huber – ‘The Cleaner’ answered questions about the upcoming release which set the gaming world abuzz.
While there is still no official release date for the fighting simulator – Omega believes either the end of 2021 or beginning of 2020 – he was happy to inform fans that game modes have been discussed and will be added in the coming weeks, including the popular, Create-A-Wrestler:
“Absolutely. One of those favorite modes, aside from people wanting to take the role of their favorite wrestler, people want to create their own wrestler. Sometimes they want to create something whacky or something that looks like themselves or a wrestler in another promotion. We’re going to give you the opportunity to do that because we understand it’s one of the most fun parts of these games. We’re going to make sure it’s robust and a lot of options and maneuvers to add to your character. We’ve placed that as a high priority.”
Another need in the current climate where video gaming is as immersive and expansive as it’s ever been is online gameplay. When asked if the new AEW Game would feature an element of online content in order for friends to battle each other around the world, this is what he had to say:
“There will be online competitive play. You’ll be able to play with your friends, against your friends, all sorts of options. We’re exploring ways to possibly incorporate cross-play function. Of course, online play will be in, all match types and specific functions that will be exclusive to online. We’re exploring a lot of new creative and innovative things to do when online. These are ideas we’re working with, nothing is 100% certain or solid.”
The most important question for gamers, however, was what type of game the upcoming console release would be. With an audience for both simulation and arcade style play, Kenny Omega drew comparisons with the popularity of the excellent Fire Pro series of which he graces the cover of the latest edition:
“Taking a look at complete simulation-based wrestling, the first thing that pops into my mind is Fire Pro. That has a huge fanbase. However, a lot of people find that if you ramp up the simulation too high, it eliminates some of the fun for people who want to get in and mix it up with your buddies and feel the speed and fun that older games provide. Will it be a full simulation? No, but do I want players to feel like you’re controlling the character when doing the moves? Yes. Speed in terms of arcade play, but moves will feel like you’re in the ring.
“It’s going to be a speedier version of very realistic wrestling. I really want people to feel what wrestling is going to be like in the year 2020. A lot of moves that we do now, you couldn’t add them to your create-a-character back then. You’ll be able to play the ropes like Fenix, do different variations of the Canadian Destroyer, all different strike combinations.”
While neither Kenny Omega or AEW can provide a release date just yet, the information provided by the superstar will keep hungry gamers at bay until the much anticipated third installment in the AEW Games Show hits in the next few months.