All Elite Wrestling has shown off the first bits of footage for their upcoming video game. These were brought to us through a livestream on the AEW Games YouTube channel and showed off a whole host of trailers and images for the company’s upcoming foray into the video game world. All given to us by Kenny Omega dressed like Steve Jobs and a multitude of guests. Here’s the rundown of the livestream.
They started by introducing AEW Games properly and claimed they will be reimagining games. Kenny Omega announced he will be active in this gaming division and after some parody footage revealed a trailer for an AEW coming to current and next-gen consoles.
The trailer showed off that the game is being made by veteran games company Yukes and showed off some moves and the character models for Kenny Omega, Chris Jericho, and Hikaru Shida. This game will be made for Playstation’s 4 and 5 and Xbox One and series X. It was also revealed that Hideyuki Iwashita, the director of WWE No Mercy, is also working on the AEW Games project.
Omega then was kicked off the stage and Aubrey Edwards, also doing her best Steve Jobs, announced a mobile wrestling game, AEW Elite General Manager, a simulation game. This featured a wealth of wrestlers in the game and trailer.
Britt Baker was out next, again like Steve Jobs, announcing an AEW video games t-shirt. This was a black shirt with the AEW Games logo on and will be sold from the AEW store.
Cody (yep still Steve Jobs) came out to back up the project and the people involved. He then announced a game that was already available to play. This led into a very wrestler-heavy trailer for AEW Casino Double or Nothing, another mobile game coming out this winter. This one being an AEW-themed casino game looking to feature a ton of AEW branding and wrestlers.
So to sum it all up…
✔️ a “no mercy” style console game w/@yukes_official
✔️ a GM simulator game
✔️ a new tee shirt
✔️ a mobile casino game
— Cody (@CodyRhodes) November 11, 2020
Here is the AEW Games official announcement.
After revolutionizing the wrestling industry, AEW today shared its plans to reimagine the gaming world with the launch of AEW GAMES. The new venture will initially deliver three new gaming options to fans including two mobile games and the highly anticipated console game being developed with the renowned video game developer YUKE’S.
The birth of AEW GAMES was ushered in with a star-studded keynote special event hosted on YouTube, featuring Kenny Omega, who has been at the forefront of AEW’s console game, along with Cody Rhodes, Dr. Britt Baker and Ref Aubrey Edwards. The event also featured the introduction of wrestling gaming mastermind and the newest AEW GAMES team member, Hideyuki “Geta” Iwashita, best known for his work on the critically-acclaimed No Mercy for fifth-generation consoles.
“Every once in a while, a revolutionary company comes along and changes everything. AEW is doing that today,” said Kenny Omega, EVP of AEW. “When I first signed with AEW, I asked Tony Khan to let me help assemble the best gaming team on the planet, to make the best wrestling games ever. With masterminds like Geta and the incredible team at YUKE’S, we are well on the path to deliver a fresh, vastly superior gaming experience that our fans deserve.”
Two mobile games will be available even sooner for fans. AEW Casino: Double or Nothing is anticipated to launch this winter, and AEW Elite GM is anticipated to launch later in 2021. Developed by KamaGames, one of the fastest-growing independent operators in the world, Double or Nothing will feature AEW-branded versions of slots, blackjack, poker and roulette, along with AEW music, sounds, videos, wrestler virtual avatars, gift packs and more.
Developed by Crystallized Games, AEW Elite GM is the evolution of the GM simulator genre, taking the strategic elements of simulation and fantasy games to create a competitive and engaging space for the wrestling community to take part in, incorporating the expanding AEW brand and serving as a celebration of wrestling as a whole. Fans take on the role of GM, designing a roster of wrestlers, setting up matches, and running the show to generate revenue, new fans and effects on wrestlers’ stamina and morale.
“It’s amazing to think that less than two years ago, we sent shockwaves through the professional wrestling industry with the launch of AEW, and now we are rolling out our new revolutionary games,” said Tony Khan, CEO and GM of AEW. “We make a point to listen to our fans, and we know that a rejuvenated and immersive gaming experience is critical to the overall wrestling experience. It’s going to be cool to see our fans enjoying a next-gen console wrestling game that actually implements their feedback. This is just the beginning of a new era of gaming for wrestling fans around the world.”
“It is a tremendous honour to be a part of writing the first page in a new history of wrestling games,” said Hiromi Furuta, SVP at YUKE’S. Kenny Omega and the AEW GAMES team will provide updates to fans as well as ongoing
development content on the following: YouTube.com/AEWGames, twitter.com/AEWGames, Instagram.com/playAEWGames, Facebook.com/playAEWGames and AEWGames.com.
Starting today, fans can also purchase new AEW GAMES merchandise on www.SHOPAEW.com.
All screencaps and videos courtesy of AEW, tweet courtesy of Cody Twitter