THQ Nordic‘s global senior community manager has shot down claims that AEW: Fight Forever is essentially complete.
Last month AEW president Tony Khan claimed the game was “finished” during a press conference following the company’s AEW Revolution pay-per-view event.
“I can’t say the exact release date,” Khan said at the time (as reported by Wrestling Inc). “There’s a lot of things that go into that, and I don’t want to step on anybody with that. It is coming very soon. The game is finished.”
However, following another claim that the game was ready, THQ’s Per Hollenbo, known as Zyddie online, stated that this wasn’t the case.
After being shown a tweet saying “the AEW Fight Forever video game is basically ready”, Hollenbo replied: “I mean, if you want an unfinished game, sure, we could release now.”
He added: “The game is doing really well and is getting there, but not 100% yet, so yeah, just another rumour on twitter I fear.”
When followers started to wonder why some were claiming it was ready, Hollenbo explained: “There are tons of things to take into consideration when developing a game – submission, QA, loca[lisation], ratings, optimisation, polish, coding and much more.
“So even if a game looks finished to some people, if it missed one of those steps it isnt finished or ready to release.”
AEW Fight Forever’s release date has been a constant unknown. In June last year, AEW star Kenny Omega said he hoped the game was on schedule to release in 2022. When this was clearly no longer possible, the game was then set for release in February 2023.
In February, Omega – who has played a large part in bringing the game to life – claimed it had been delayed further because some of the game’s content “had to be scaled back” to meet the desired ESRB rating of Teen.