Spike Chunsoft has announced that the wrestling game Fire Pro Wrestling World will be debuting on Steam Early Access sometime in the second quarter of 2017 according to a press release by the company.
Spike Chunsoft is perhaps best known for its hand in the early Dragon Quest games and most recently the Danganronpa series of games. As for Fire Pro Wrestling, it's a wrestling game series that originated in Japan in 1989 and was particularly known for the strategy and timing involved with its grappling system. A trailer was released along with the announcement, and it should give you some idea of what you can expect from the game:
Although its graphics hearken back to the SNES and Genesis era of games, Fire Pro Wrestling World is planning to have quite the arsenal of features. Players will be able to customize their own wrestlers in terms of both appearance, behavior, and move sets; Spike Chunsoft makes a point of stating that there are over a thousand different moves available in the game. Different game modes such as cage matches or MMA-style rules are touted as features, and the game will also have online play and Internet matchmaking. You'll be able to play with 1-4 players over the Internet and 1-8 players in local multiplayer.
Spike Chunsoft has not yet secured an ESRB rating for Fire Pro Wrestling World nor have they announced a price. In any case, we'll know more about this game in the coming months!
What do you think of Spike Chunsoft announcing Fire Pro Wrestling World? Do you think a more retro-style wrestling title will be popular in the era of World Wrestling Entertainment's 3D behemoths? Are you concerned about this particular type of game being in Early Access, or do you feel that it's appropriate for balancing and development reasons? Let us know in the comments below!