All Elite Wrestling fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of All Elite Wrestling’s first-ever console game, AEW Fight Forever, since it was announced in November 2020. However, development has been slow and the game has been delayed numerous times.
Originally slated for a September 2022 release, AEW Fight Forever was then pushed back to November, and then to February 2023. As reported by WrestleZone, the cause of these delays has been revealed to be due to issues with the game’s rating.
AEW Fight Forever Was Submitted To The Rating Board Multiple Times
A trailer for AEW Fight Forever was released during AEW Full Gear weekend in November, indicating that the game would receive a Teen rating. However, the rating was not yet official, with the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website not yet listing a rating for the game.
Sources close to the game have suggested that the amount of blood and gore in AEW Fight Forever was the primary factor in the game not being rated Teen multiple times. As a result, the game has been resubmitted to the ESRB for further review.
According to reports, those close to the game are “confident” that the issues with the game’s rating have been resolved and that it will receive the required approval after this latest submission to the ESRB.
The delays for AEW’s video game have made it increasingly unlikely that the game will be released in February, with the recently announced release of WWE 2K23 now on the schedule for March 17.
A potential new release window that could coincide with AEW’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view in May is now being considered, with previous release windows having also coincided with major AEW PPV’s.
As AEW Fight Forever’s release date continues to get pushed back, fans remain hopeful that the game will be released soon and that it will live up to their expectations.
Despite being on the outs with the company following his involvement in a brawl after AEW All Out, CM Punk will remain a playable character in the game. Other stars set to be featured include Kenny Omega, Bryan Danielson, and Owen Hart.