Details about All Elite Wrestlingthe game in development of, developed by longtime WWE 2K developer Yuke’s and wwf no mercy director Hideyuki “Geta” Iwashita, have been thin. Despite the early energy surrounding the project, including gameplay clips and roster reveals, AEW has slowed down the reveals significantly. Although this changed recently, a new unconfirmed report could explain the problem. It’s possible that Kenny Omega, and AEW in general, will run into Yuke due to a troubling development cycle.
The report comes from SportsGamersOnline, which explains that there is significant tension between developer Yuke’s and Kenny Omega, who led the game’s management from the United States. The report goes so far as to say that Omega is frustrated and “hates” working with Yuke’s. One source even went so far as to say that it looks like Yuke was trying to “take advantage” of Omega’s inexperience in game development.
In the elaboration, it is explained that there have been several arguments about the direction of AEW Fight Forever. The result is that the development of the game is well over budget and has even required additional investment beyond the additional allowance. Budgetary constraints have also led to the reduction or total removal of various features. The only area of the game mentioned as being reduced is AEW Fight Foreverwhich has since been confirmed to be 50 wrestlers.
The conversation around AEW Fight ForeverHowever, list size has broader complexities beyond its size. AEW would like to expand the roster after launch via DLC. It’s not something Yuke is necessarily against, but he’s said to be using the DLC negotiations to push for a long-term contract for future games. AEW, however, is not yet committing to that future. There is a belief at this point that AEW Fight Forever will be a “one in done”, meaning AEW and Yuke would move on to different projects and partners.
Currently, AEW’s active roster includes 100 wrestlers in the men’s division and 25 in the women’s division. However, there are a significant number more associated with AEW than Dark AEW, AEW Dark Rise, Ring of Honor, as well as the company’s international partnerships with NJPW, AAA and other promotions. The DLC could be incredibly lucrative, so it’s easy to see what leverage it could offer Yuke in a bargain.
It bears repeating that this report is not confirmed, nor necessarily reliable. A separate report was shared earlier this week by Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp who claimed Kenny Omega played a key role in AEW Fight Foreverdevelopment and went out of their way to ensure that what the project needed was done. The report doesn’t mention any negativity from Omega, much less from Yuke. It’s perhaps best to mention that pro wrestling, including its fandom, involves a lot of drama and hype. The truth is rarely what it seems.
AEW Fight Forever is in development.
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