While WWE 2K22 may have restored some goodwill for the long-running wrestling videogame franchise, a game called WrestleQuest is promising a more original and exciting take on wrestling.
Announced as part of the March 16 ID@Xbox showcase, the game won’t feature real-time action in the ring but instead make use of turn-based systems to let players have fine, tactical control over their combat experience. WrestleQuest lets you create your own wrestler then go on a journey to become the next wrestling superstar all while encountering iconic legends like “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Booker T and Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Rather than play as licensed talents, you’re creating your own legend to stand alongside them.
The game is an obvious love letter to what some would call a golden age of wrestling tapping into aesthetic sensibilities and dramatic sagas that unfolded throughout the 80s and 90s. James Deighan, founder of developer Mega Cat Studios said, “Many of the team at Mega Cat grew up watching wrestling and it holds an undeniable nostalgic place for us. This game is a celebration of that world, complete with special fully licensed appearances by some of our favorite wrestlers from the 80s, 90s, and today.”
Other wrestling legends confirmed to make an appearance are the late Andre The Giant, Diamond Dallas Page and Jeff Jarrett though other wrestlers may appear depending on what licensing arrangements Mega Cat Studios can manage between now and the game’s eventual release. It’s worth noting that the WWE can be somewhat restrictive in the licensing of wrestler likenesses, but those participating are under a “Legends” contract with the WWE which gives them special consideration, though consultation with WWE may still have been required.
WrestleQuest is currently estimated to release this summer for all previous and current gen consoles, including Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. You can learn more about the game at its official website.