Teenagers can now fight forever.
Before AEW came along, WWE hadn’t had a competitor for decades. Vince McMahon systematically bought out all regional wrestling shows, and eventually his biggest competitor, WCW. Sure, AEW falls far short of the legacy wrestling network in terms of viewership and revenue, but it keeps WWE on its toes. The same goes for WWE 2K games. There hasn’t been a real competitor for a very long time, which has made the developers complacent – to put it mildly.
AEW: Fight Forever looks like the game that could possibly challenge WWE 2K for the title, but it has its own set of issues even before launch. For example, the game’s ESRB rating. The game received a T rating for Teen, which publisher THQ Nordic was hoping for. However, earlier reports suggested there was a dispute over the rating, due to violence, which could have resulted in an M rating for Mature. This dispute also delayed the game’s release date.
Luckily for THQ Nordic, the game received the T rating it was hoping for, and we can expect a release date announcement soon.
“This is a wrestling game in which players compete in matches with wrestlers from the AEW roster,” the ESRB description reads. “Players use punches, kicks, and grapple maneuvers to deplete their opponents’ health. In certain match types (e.g. Barbed Wire, Stadium Stampede, Unsanctioned), players may use Barbed Wire , baseball bats, metal chairs and Molotov cocktails against opponents, blood splatter effects can occur during matches, staining carpets; video footage of actual matches also shows blood on the face and the body of the wrestlers.
“The game contains mildly suggestive material: wrestlers in revealing outfits (e.g., deep cleavage, bunny outfits, partially exposed buttocks); female wrestlers performing provocative gestures (e.g., crotch chop, butt slapping). Live footage sometimes shows female wrestlers drinking alcohol and smoking. The word “sh*t” is heard in-game.”
On top of all that, AEW will also include a career mode as well as dancing and baseball mini-games, likely with some sort of wrestling twist.
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