The long-awaited release date for AEW Fight Forever, the upcoming professional wrestling video game, appears just around the corner. Based on a recent report from Fightful Select, fans can expect the game to drop on June 27th, perfectly timed with AEW's eagerly anticipated Forbidden Door pay-per-view event on June 25th.
This strategic release date suggests that AEW will likely promote the game vigorously during the event. An official announcement regarding Fight Forever's release date is expected within the next week. Notably, AEW holds the rights to the game engine, designed to receive ongoing updates rather than launch as standalone, numbered sequel games.
Early feedback suggests that the gameplay is smooth and aligned with No Mercy's revered style.
AEW Fight Forever: Creation Restrictions
The report also highlights some restrictions with the game's create-a-wrestler feature.
There's no community creations mode, a feature heavily supported by the WWE 2K franchise, allowing talent from all wrestling companies to be incorporated into the game. As a testament to the influence of the creations community, several former WWE stars, celebrities, and talents from other wrestling companies, including AEW, and Impact Wrestling, have been recreated for WWE 2K23.
Previously, there was speculation that Fight Forever was ready for release, but THQ Nordic allegedly delayed its launch. THQ Nordic Global Senior Community Manager, Zyddie later clarified these rumors. He stressed that even though the game may appear complete, it must undergo a series of necessary steps before it can be officially released and made available across different platforms.
"We see it very differently," Zyddie explained. "For a publisher, a game is not done before it's ready and out the door. That's when it's done for us. Because then we have to go retail, we have to deal with submissions; we have to deal with different platforms, we have to deal with different platform packs." In closing, Zyddie maintained his belief that there was no deliberate miscommunication or deceit.
"I believe that simply some people look at it differently because they don't look at it through the eyes of a publisher," he concluded. The world of wrestling video games eagerly awaits the final bell for AEW Fight Forever's release.