Wrestling fans waiting for the release of AEW Fight Forever may wait even more until the release of the up-and-coming fighting game. Ever since AEW Fight Forever was announced, gamers have been waiting to jump in the square circle with the likes of Kenny Omega and Freshly Squeezeed Orange Cassidy, but no exact release date has been confirmed so far.
While players still don’t know when they’ll be able to play the game, Tony Khan, head of All Elite Wrestling, offered a glimmer of information. During the latest PPV AEW Revolution on March 5, Khan stated that the game is finished and coming soon. Since then, no further information has come to light.
Wrestle Zone senior editor Matt Black followed up on Khan’s comments on Twitter, asking THQ Nordic’s global community manager how AEW Fight Forever is going. The manager responded that the first match of the All Elite Wrestling promotion is underway, but the team isn’t ready to confirm a release date yet. Further down the post, Zyddie clarified that Khan’s comments were a bit out of context, as the game is perfectly playable but does need polishing to bring it up to par.
The lack of clarity on who will be involved in the development of AEW’s first game has been a point of contention among fans for some time now. Earlier this year, Kenny Omega, one of the faces of the wrestling promotion, addressed concerns surrounding the game, saying AEW Fight Forever was scaling back content to ensure it received a “T” rating from the ESRB before a release date was set.
With Omega’s update, more issues arose as AEW was involved in a trademark dispute for independently promoting Game Changer Wrestling’s Fight Forever moniker. This was supposed to be resolved under the “good faith” agreement, but a resolution was not found in time, leading GCW to ask the court for an adjournment to find a suitable resolution.
While development on AEW and THQ Nordic is still ongoing, fans are turning to other games to get their interactive wrestling fix. A player has successfully recreated current AEW World Champion MJF in WWE 2K23 using the game’s detailed character creation tool. The character, while missing the iconic scarf and Triple-B belt, fits right in the minds of fans, as they praised the level of detail in the creation.
AEW Fight Forever is currently in development for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.