AEW’s All Out pay-per-view is this Saturday, and while the company says they aren’t competing with the WWE, it certainly seems that way. Now, the two wrestling promotions might be competing in something outside of TV ratings: the video game industry.
Is a potential AEW game on the horizon?
Starrcast III, a popular wrestling event where former and current wrestlers speak about their experiences in the ring, has been going on prior to All Out. Many AEW wrestlers have been participating in the event, including AEW and wrestling superstar Kenny Omega.
Omega is no stranger to the video game industry, as he is known for being an avid player. While Omega and the Young Bucks were in New Japan Pro Wrestling, the trio took on the WWE’s New Day at E3 2018 in Street Fighter V. He even appeared as Street Fighter‘s Cody in a commercial for the game, which you can see down below:
During the Starrcast III event, Omega was asked, among other things, on whether there will be an AEW video game in the future. Omega responded, “Trust me, having a video game for AEW is top of my priority list, and I can’t share anything right now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there might be something to announce by the end of the year, so be ready for that, guys.” (h/t Wrestling Inc.)
What does this mean for fans and wrestling games?
If an AEW video game is announced by the end of the year, it could be a big boost for fans of the product, as well as fans of wrestling-themed games. For the promotion, it can be seen as yet another sign that AEW is indeed a legitimate alternative for wrestling fans, as its brand is strengthening and is now branching out into the video game industry, just like the WWE has for many years.
For fans of wrestling games, a potential AEW game can be seen as an alternative for those who may be tired of the WWE 2K games. Or, it could also be seen as a way for wrestling fans to play as their favorite AEW superstars in an AEW-licensed game, rather than just playing with CAW’s of these wrestlers in 2K.
However, one thing to keep in mind here is that a potential game is still most likely about a year or two away. There are several reasons for this, one being that the company still needs to establish itself as a strong brand before branching into video games. Second, a developer and publisher must be found, as well as creating a new game and scanning the models of wrestlers. On the speculating front, one possible developer for any potential AEW game may be Yukes!, the former developer of the WWE 2K games. With their history, they may be a strong fit should AEW become serious about creating one.
Despite that, it’s great to hear Omega say that a video game is a top priority for him and AEW. What do you think about what Omega said? Let us know, and be sure to keep checking out the SGO site for more news on this story, as well as for the WWE 2K franchise.
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