The game’s release date is listed as December 31, 2022, which is a placeholder as a final release date has yet to be announced.
According to the Amazon description, AEW will be distributed by THQ Nordic. THQ was the original publisher of Yuke’s previous wrestling games in the WWE franchise, before it went bust and was later reformed.
The game’s product description sheds more light on the game, including revealing some match types that are set to be included.
- Combines nostalgic arcade wrestling feel with innovative All Elite Wrestling finishers and offensive moves
- Talent roster combines the biggest legends to enter the ring pus brand new, high-flying AEW stars!
- Single, tag-team, 3-way, 4-way, ladder, Casino Battle Royale, Falls Count Anywhere, Unsanctioned Lights Out, Exploding Barbed Wire Death and online co-op multiplayer matches!
- Online co-op multiplayer!
- Tag team matches feature a sequence of team manoeuvres performed with simple commands
The game’s roster has yet to be revealed outside of a few stars, however, after an AEW event earlier this year, the audience was asked to chant the names of several stars to be included in the game. Chants reportedly included “Sting”, “Adam Page,” “Bay Bay,” “Dax, “Cash”, “Boom” and “FTR”, suggesting that Adam Page, Sting and tag team FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood) will be in the game.
The debut video game for the upstart rival to WWE is being developed by Yuke’s, the Japanese studio previously responsible for the WWE Smackdown / WWE 2K series from 2000 to 2018.
During the game’s announcement in November 2020, it was revealed that genre luminary Hideyuki Iwashita, the director of classic wrestling games WWF No Mercy and Def Jam Vendetta, would also be involved in the AEW title.
It was also confirmed in September that the late Owen Hart, who died in an accident at a WWF show in 1999, will make a posthumous appearance as a playable wrestler in the AEW game, as part of a partnership with the non-profit charity the Owen Hart Foundation.
This will mark Hart’s first appearance in a wrestling game since Showdown: Legends of Wrestling in 2004.