Home Gaming It’s official, Yukes is developing the AEW wrestling game

It’s official, Yukes is developing the AEW wrestling game

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It’s no secret that I’ve been disillusioned with WWE’s wrasslin’ product as of late, which has been a stale combination of predictable storytelling, too many matches ending with a surprise roll-up pin for the win, and Vinny Mac stealing the Twitch accounts of his employees. I mean independent contractors, yes that. Outside of the Roman Reigns and Jey Uso feud proving to be the only bit of ring-based drama worth watching, I genuinely don’t care for the WWE like I used to. Although I do wish Bray Wyatt’s Fiend persona was used better.

And the games haven’t been much better either.

The wounds of WWE 2K20 are still fresh, so devastating that 2K Games was actually forced to lose out on easy money so that it could take the series back to the drawing board and create something that didn’t resemble a Bray Wyatt house of horrors match. WWE 2K Battlegrounds was a stop-gap solution and while it’s alright, it won’t be able to lock you into the STFU for long.

From WWE’s frequent bumblings there arose a new challenger last year: All Elite Wrestling. With a roster that includes some of the hottest names in the business, up and coming talent that’s ready for the main event, and matches that actually make you care, AEW has been a regular highlight reel of slams and elbow drops. Like any wrestling promotion it has plenty of merchandise to dip your wallet into, but what it doesn’t have? A single game to its name-brand.

Fret not, AEW is getting three games soon.

Announced by the wrasslin’ organisation, the first AEW game will be headed up by former WWE 2K developer Yukes and WWF No Mercy director Hideyuki Iwashita, for current and next-gen consoles. Please, please let this have shades of the Smackdown Vs. RAW glory days. The second game will AEW Elite General Manager, a mobile game where you can run the day to day operations of the wrestling promotion. Lastly, AEW Casino: Double or Nothing is a literal gambling game where the prizes are AEW merch. Well at least they’re being honest about it.

AEW executive vice president and wrestler Kenny Omega explained that for the main event game which Yukes is handling, the emphasis is on fun over realism. For the sake of comparison, imagine something along the lines of the NBA Jam and NFL Blitz games and compare those to 2K’s more grounded simulations.

That’s brilliant news. Current WWE 2K games are too much of a chore to currently play, forcing players to follow a script if they want to see any success in the wrestling ring and resulting in matches that are straight up not fun, yo. Granted Yukes’ turn as a developer of WWE games resulted in increasingly terrible games over the latter half of this decade, although I’d attribute that more to 2K Games and its particular gameplay focus and its habit of nickle-and-diming players with microtransactions wherever possible.

AEW has been a breath of fresh air and a proper challenger to WWE ever since it hit the scene, and with Yukes possibly bringing its pedigree (not that one) of wrestling experience back to the gaming scene, it looks ready to take on the biggest name in the business of video games as well. That right there, is a pause for celebration. And you know what every celebration needs? A LITTLE BIT OF THE BUBBLY!

Last Updated: November 11, 2020


  1. Wait, “hat right there, is a pause for celebration.” Why pause the celebration? Or was it paused to get the bubbly?

    I have not kept up to date with anything WWE related this year. All I know currently is that Reigns is with Paul Heyman? I think? Don’t know, don’t care.


    • The D

      November 11, 2020 at 08:08

      Indeed he is! They’ve finally move Reigns into heel territory, and the Hell in a Cell match he had with Jey Uso was AMAZING. And that’s the only real highlight of Smackdown and RAW right now.


      • Insomnia is fun

        November 11, 2020 at 09:16

        Oof, that’s not completely true. I’m enjoying Shayna and Nia as tag champs. Drew was set Raw on fire since coming back. Keith Lee is amazing in the ring, I always look forward to his matches. And the Fiend is like an MK secret character. Never can be sure what he’s up to next. Then there’s the Buddy Murphy, Seth and Rey triangle that’s formed on smackdown. There’s lots going on!


        • The D

          November 11, 2020 at 09:41

          Yeah I can’t say I’m a fan of the Mysterios saga, it’s just too meh for me. But if you’re enjoying WWE. that’s great news to hear.


          • Insomnia is fun

            November 11, 2020 at 11:01

            Can’t wait for survivor series

  2. Insomnia is fun

    November 11, 2020 at 09:06

    Oh, so a decent wrestling game finally


  3. Mr_Pops

    November 11, 2020 at 10:11

    Pretty great news. Smackdown vs Raw 2006 was a real high point in the series for me. I feel like the quality declined after that. Especially in terms of the amount of bugs present in the games. Also, the games became really boring to play the more they tried to emulate the flow of live matches. I just want to do crazy stuff the minute that bell rings. The fun over realism comment gives me hope of a return to ‘Here comes the pain’ levels of gameplay. What’s the point of playing a wrestling game if you can’t deliver a devastating elbow drop from a helicopter.


  4. Mandalorian Jim

    November 11, 2020 at 13:08

    I see Aki Corp has changed their name to syn Sophia. If there was ever a company I would have wanted to be involved with an AEW game it would have been Aki. They understood the grappling arts more than Yukes ever did. However, Yukes did provide me with nearly 2 decades of wrestling games – sure there was a serious case of diminishing quality even before THQ folded, and 2k really shat the bed with the games….

    But I will always fondly remember Here comes the Pain. It was an amazing title.


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