THQ Nordic drops AEW: Fight Forever gameplay trailer

Yuke’s latest wrestling sim following its divorce from 2K Games is set to release sometime in 2023.

Many years after breaking up with 2K Sports and saying goodbye to the WWE 2K franchise, Yuke's is finally one step closer to releasing AEW: Fight Forever. The upcoming wrestling sim, which is being made in collaboration with All Elite Wrestling, is set to release sometime next year. Ahead of its launch, Yuke's as well as the game's publishers, THQ Nordic, dropped a brand-spanking new trailer for the game.

CM Punk was notably absent from the latest AEW: Fight Forever trailer.

The gameplay trailer for AEW: Fight Forever shows Hangman, The Icon, MJF, and Thunder Rose, all facing off against each other. Yuke's has deliberately committed CM Punk from any promotional material from the game as well. Most likely, Yuke's did this at AEW's request after CM Punk's scuffle earlier this year, which put his future with the budding wrestling promotion in jeopardy.

The last we heard, Triple H is open to bringing CM Punk back, much to the behest of people in the backstage.

By the looks of it, the game has gone a long way in terms of polishing although we do have to admit that it could still use a lot more work.

Graphics aside, movement in AEW: Fight Forever feels fluid. As you can see from the trailer, each wrestler has a unique finisher move complemented by an offensive moveset players can use to chain combos. It also appears that players can use signature moves inside and outside of the ring. You can also spot several weapons around the ring like steel chairs, prods, fire extinguishers, and more.

According to Yuke's, the goal for AEW: Fight Forever was to combine classic wrestling with unique finishers and offensive moves and top it all off with a deep career mode.

AEW: Fight Forever will want to avoid releasing in the same month or even quarter as WWE 2K23.

Speaking of modes, AEW: Fight Forever has several other modes outside of the single-player story mode. There's the tag team mode, Casino Battle Royale, Lights Out, and online co-op. It will also feature daily and weekly challenges as well as minigames and robust character customization.

Unfortunately, we still don't have a release date for AEW: Fight Forever. Fingers crossed, it'll be available early in the year so it won't have to compete with WWE 2K23.

Ray Ampoloquio
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