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Kenny Omega Says Give AEW Console Release “About A Year’s Time”

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AEW World Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega has given an update on the upcoming AEW console game, stating that it could be up to a year before the title launches.

AEW’s currently untitled console game has been in the works now since the promotion’s inception in 2018 with gaming giant Yuke’s – who were responsible for the popular WWF No Mercy as well as a handful of other beloved WWE games – working on development both in American and Japan.

Following the release of screenshots and a trailer during the company’s first reveal show, fans clamoured to internet message boards in order to speculate on how soon it would be available and praise the retro feel of the graphics and gameplay.

Now, Kenny Omega has sat down with talkSPORT in order to update fans on the title’s progress and state that while he knows that time is of the essence, the last things anyone involved wants is a problematic release such as WWE 2K20 or Cyberpunk 2077:

“I would say in a perfect world, give it about a year’s time. We’re working really hard and we’re lucky to have two teams, one in America and one in Japan, working on this almost around the clock.”

We do know that time is of the essence, we can’t let this sit around forever and people want a game like yesterday. We do want to release something as soon as we feel it’s ready and representative of what our brand should be and what will make fans happy. Again, we don’t want a Street Fighter 5 launch, we don’t want a Cyberpunk launch. So we’re going to create something that will fun to play from day one, but it will be ever-evolving as our roster is.”

Though waiting another year won’t be what most fans had hoped to hear, Omega did have some good news for those eagerly awaiting the game’s release when he promised that the final product would resemble the much beloved WWF SmackDown games from the era of Playstation 1 and Playstation 2:

“But the cool part is we’ve got a team at Yuke’s that’s prepared to challenge themselves and make something representative of the good SmackDown-y stuff that they can do and then Geta is there to add his flavor to it as to how he would have made a newer style game and we’re all sort of just bouncing back and forth. We were always working on all types of thing for the game, but the main core focus right now still is, let’s get the wrestling down.”

While devotees wait for the aforementioned game, they will have to sate their appetite with the upcoming AEW Elite GM mobile release as well as AEW Games’ casino betting offering which will be released later in 2021.

Kenny Omega will defend his AEW World Heavyweight Championship in an Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch at AEW Revolution on February 27.

Credit for the interview: talkSPORT

h/t for the transcription: WrestleZone