Before AEW came along, WWE didn't have a competitor for decades. Vince McMahon systematically bought out every regional wrestling show, and eventually its biggest competitor, WCW. Of course, AEW is nowhere near the legacy wrestling network in terms of viewership and revenue, but it keeps WWE on its toes. The same goes for the WWE 2K games. There hasn't been a real competitor in a really long time, resulting in the devs getting complacent – to put it mildly.
AEW: Fight Forever looks to be the game that could possibly challenge WWE 2K for the title, but it has its own set of issues, even before launch. For instance, the game's ESRB rating. The game has received a T for Teen rating, which is what publisher THQ Nordic was hoping for. However, earlier reports suggested that there was a dispute regarding the rating, due to the violence, which could have resulted in an M for Mature rating. This dispute has also held up the game's release date.
Fortunately 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," says the ESRB description. "Players use punches, kicks, and grappling maneuvers to drain their opponents' health. In some match types (e.g., Barbed Wire, Stadium Stampede, Unsanctioned) players can use barbed wired, baseball bats, metal chairs, and Molotov cocktails against opponents, eventually resulting in submission and/or knock outs. Blood-splatter effects can occur during matches, staining the mats; video footage of real matches also depicts blood on wrestlers' faces and bodies.
"The game contains some mildly suggestive material: female wrestlers in revealing outfits (e.g., deep cleavage, bunny outfits, partially exposed buttocks); wrestlers performing taunting gestures (e.g., crotch chop, slapping buttocks). Real footage sometimes depicts wrestlers drinking alcohol and smoking. The word “sh*t” is heard in the game."
Aside from all that, AEW will also include a Career Mode as well as dancing and baseball minigames, probably with some sort of wrestling twist.
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