AEW's Cody Rhodes has all but confirmed the company's upcoming game will be in the same mould as Nintendo 64 classic No Mercy, one of the most enduringly popular examples from the genre.
Speaking with Wrestling with Mazique, The American Nightmare was asked whether AKI, the developers behind No Mercy and a string of similar N64 wrestling titles - now trading under the name Syn Sophia - were involved with the new game. Cody didn't answer affirmatively, but did say:
"I can't say much, but what I will say is that it is the game people have been asking for. It's the game we've been hinting at."
Since AEW's formation, hardcore gamer Kenny Omega has directly contacted Syn Sophia on social media, whilst Dynamite's home television network TNT tweeted a mockup of a fantasy N64 game licensed by the company.
Given Cody's comments, and the apparent desire from within the promotion, it seems almost certain that AEW's debut game will be fan-pleasing nostalgia fest. It seems just a question of ensuring Syn Sophia are on board.
AKI's very first game was set in the squared-circle. The company, then operating under the name The Man Breeze, released Virtual Pro-Wrestling on the PlayStation in 1996, before earning a WCW license. They developed two games for the Atlanta company - WCW vs. nWo: World Tour and WCW/nWo Revenge - before WWE acquired their services.
WWF WrestleMania 2000 was followed by No Mercy, which earned widespread acclaim as the best wrestling game released to date.
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